Each of the congregations Tom
has served has experienced significant numerical, spiritual and financial growth and has become deeply involved in ministry to the local community.
The Memorial Drive Church
in Houston is a Dollar
for Dollar Church
who gives one dollar to the needs of the world for every dollar they spend on themselves.
Under Tom's leadership, the Fifth Avenue Church
developed a significant ministry to the homeless in New York City and has mentored other congregations in ministry to the homeless and the poor.
has been invited to speak at conferences and in congregations all over America and has taught seminars on preaching, leadership and stewardship at numerous Theological Seminaries and Divinity Schools
, Pittsburgh, Columbia, San Francisco
and Fuller, among others.
has been honored to preach and lead seminars at summer conference centers including Chautauqua, NY, Montreat and Linville, NC, Mo Ranch, TX, Ocean Grove and Ocean City, NJ, Lakeside, OH and Epworth Heights, MI among others.
Tom served as a Trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary for 15 years.
is the recipient of numerous awards for his
preaching and social ministry to a world in need.
He is the recipient of the Inter Faith Service Award for starting a ministry to persons with A.I.D.S. in Houston, Texas and the Social Ministry Award from the Council of Churches of the City of New York for his work with the homeless.
Tom is a graduate of Muskingum University in Ohio, Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological School in New Jersey.
In addition, he has been awarded two honorary doctoral degrees; one from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and the other from his alma mater, Muskingum University.
Currently, Tom is the Founder and Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry, a position he has held since 2008.
This ministry gives Tom a unique opportunity to serve as a pastor to pastors.
wife Suzanne, a pre-school teacher and educator, have been married for over 40 years and they have two married sons and four grand-children.
The Tewell's live in Atlanta, GA.