Thanks to a God-fearing family and many faithful Sunday School teachers, Tom became a follower of Jesus at a young age. As such, Tom would rarely miss “church”, yet at school he would either play ball hockey during recess or stay in the classroom to read science books. This led to a compartmentalization of creationism ideas, thus resulting in a gap theory – old earth interpretation of Genesis 1-2. However, when presented with a “Creations Answers” book, all of that changed. Over the years he has sought to “become all things to all people, that by all means” some would be saved (1 Corinthians 9:20-23).
Whether it was working for a large mining company (INCO, now Vale) for 35 years as a lab analyst, a computer programmer, or an HR trainer, Tom made it a priority to convey Biblical truth to others by coming alongside them and building relational bridges. “To facilitate” means “to make easier”, and therefore teaching became Tom’s outlet for achieving that – in both church and secular life. He maintains that if he can understand it in his head and believe it in his heart he can get the message across. His post-secondary education includes a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (1975) and a MA in Biblical Creation Apologetics (2015).
In 2019 the Lord led Tom and his wife Bev to relocate from BC to the Maritimes, thus increasing their accessibility to their Ontario-based children (3) and grandchildren (6). Tom is grateful that “a wide door for effective work has opened” (1 Corinthians 16:9) for him as a CMI-speaker going forth to share with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15) how “the doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”