Thom McLeod is a native Floridian, born in Leesburg, Florida, when his father
J. Milburn McLeod was pastor of Morrison Memorial Methodist Church
family moved to Lakeland, and then to Jacksonville where Thom
Fishweir Elementary School
for 5th and 6th grade and Lake Shore Jr. High
(now Middle School) for 7th through 9th grade.
The family moved once again
to St. Petersburg, where Thom graduated from St. Petersburg High School in
1967. College took Thom
to Cambridge Massachusetts, where he
in the class of 1971.
For the next several years Thom
was engaged in doing basic biological
research at the Biological Laboratories of Harvard
, and then worked in
technical documentation for computer companies around the Boston area.
was finally in 1981, that Thom
responded to the call to enter ministry in the
where Debbie served as pastor of Wesley UMC, Coral Gables, and Thom as
In 1986 Thom
went to Killian
Pines UMC in the Kendall area of Miami.
Their son, Jack, was born in 1990.
In 1992, Thom
and Debbie were appointed to serve churches in the Tampa
in Hospice Care, Thom
felt called once again to the local church and in 2005,
he was appointed to serve as the pastor of Silver Palm UMC in Homestead,
In 2009 Thom came to Avondale to be pastor of our church here in