Although Tom grew up in North Carolina, he currently resides in Northeast Ohio where he has been married to his wife, Leah, for over 20 years. Leah and Tom have two beautiful children, Ty and Lexi. Tom's ministry journey started when he began working as the high school pastor at Canton Baptist Temple, where he worked for nearly 14 years. Tom currently serves as the lead pastor at The Summit Church.
Tom enjoys a variety of hobbies including listening to all types of music, going to the gym, bicycling, writing/blogging, messing with electronics (nerdy stuff), watching travel shows, and playing disc golf.
Some of the highlights of his life have been his travels outside of the United States to places like Mexico City, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; the Dominican Republic; Rome, Italy; and Ireland. Many of these trips have made a great impact on his life.
Jeff and his wife Kelly are native Ohioans that grew up in the Canton/Massillon area and currently reside in Northeast Ohio. They have been married for over 18 years and have been blessed with two children, Ethan and Arianna. Jeff began his ministry journey at Canton Baptist Temple and has served in churches in South Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. He is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has spent the ten years serving a church in Avon Lake, Ohio as the Student Pastor and the Pastor of Family Ministries. Jeff also served as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator in several nursing homes in the Cleveland area.
Jeff loves spending time with his family and enjoys a variety of hobbies including photography, listening to all kinds of music, cooking, hiking, biking, and all things Batman.
Jeff has a passion for Christ and people. He loves missions, mentoring guys, and building relationships.
I was born and raised in Canton Ohio. I am the son of, Rod and Nancy, two incredibly merciful parents and brother to two amazing younger sisters, Jill and Jamie. I played the trombone in 5th grade band but that was embarrassing so I quit. When I was 11, Mom forced me to take piano lessons, but that was even more embarrassing so I quit that too. Mom also forced me sing in the high school church choir…you can see where this is going.
Fast forward to four years ago when I married the love of my life, Ashley. We now have four beautiful nieces and one stud of a nephew together. They’re enough to suffice my wife and I a little while longer...just not our mother-in-laws unfortunately. I’ve been working as a carpenter for the past three years after spending nearly a decade as a banker (The long hair came after I quit) and I love stories of vengeance. Besides being a bit of a rebellious spirit, the most important thing about me is that I’m a sinner Jesus loved enough to die for. I have nothing to offer Him but He refuses daily to give up on me and I am forever grateful for His grace.
I have no real qualifications for the position of Worship Leader with the exception of a passion to glorify Jesus Christ. I have a desire for everyone to find their hope in Him and to do the same. I love the Summit and you, the people. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity I have, through your faithfulness, to serve you.
This quote by an unknown author has forever changed my view of God and music. “Music has the ability to enter your soul, without your permission”.
This is all I know and love about music.