Tom was born in New York City and grew up in Upstate New York and Connecticut during the tumultuous sixties. His family was nominally Christian, but practically agnostic, which opened up the “wide path” of rebellion to him. After graduating high school in 1969 and a brief stay at Woodstock Nation, Tom drifted in the cultural tide, attending the University of Connecticut and in 1973 received a degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College. Along the way, Tom met Mary (neither one aware that their meeting was actually a divine appointment) and in 1976 they married and settled on the family farm in West Paris. By 1978 the siren call of the culture drew them to Santa Fe, New Mexico to study massage and natural healing, but Tom spent most of the next two decades in various aspects of restaurant management. In 1982, the grace of the Lord Jesus broke into their new age lives and they received Him as their Lord and Savior. From 1983-95 the Lord blessed them with four children, and in 1996 the family returned to Maine so the children could get to know their grandparents and so that spiritual roots could be planted. South Paris Baptist Church provided the fertile ground for this and in 1998 Tom and Mary became members. Tom has been involved in teaching in both the primary and adult levels, and he has served as a Deacon or Elder since 2003.