Tom EdmondsonTom has served a number of churches as youth minister, associate minister, English minister (Korean churches), and most recently, senior pastor. He also spent 20 years as a bi-vocational pastor and full-time high school teacher. While teaching school, and especially now as a full time senior pastor, Tom is seeing the importance of mental health as it affects individuals, families, and the congregation as a whole. He believes that good pastoral care is possibly more important than good preaching. He also believes that worship should have a therapeutic effect on the worshiper.
Tom and wife Ann celebrate over 32 years of marriage. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.
Tom holds a BA from Atlanta Christian College, a Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology, and the MA in Jewish Studies from Emory University. He is also a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid.
Tom's hobbies include playing guitar and reading. He loves silent films, Dracula movies, and Star Trek.
Reading interests include: Medieval Philosophy, Maimonides; Psychology, especially Viktor Frankl, Carl Jung, and Jacques Lacan; existentialism (and maybe phenomenology); Abraham Joshua Heshel, Paul Tillich, H. Richard Niebuhr, C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.
Also, Tom writes reviews for the American Academy of Religion's "Reading Religion" page.