I have been a pastor/teacher for over 25 years.  My high school speech teacher rightfully warned me not to go into public speaking.  Anytime I tried to speak in public my skin would get blotchy, my voice would go up an octave, and I would begin to stutter.  But something changed just a few years later.  I was converted to the Christian faith and the Lord gave me a passion and a fire to speak His word.  I now teach in front of hundreds, and by the grace and gifting of God, the stuttering and blotchiness are gone.

Part of Firmly Rooted’s mission is to reach the lost with God’s Word and to equip Christians on how to be steadfast in the faith.  I offer myself to churches for guest preaching, Bible study teaching, and seminar and retreat presentation.  If your organization is interesting in having me speak for you,  please contact me at tom@firmlyrooted.org.

Here are a couple samples of my teaching:


The Salvation Diagram (Live)

The Gospel of John Lesson 22


Lesson on the Gospel of John


Life Sunday 2009


I would appreciate any comments from those who have heard me speak in the past.  Please add your comments to this post.



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  1. Jean - November 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I had the privilege of attending Tom’s Bible classes for a few years. He is one of the most inspirational teachers: he’s excited about the Gospel message; knowledgeable; Spirit-led; people-centered and caring. He teaches from Scripture, but with a way of putting things into context and with such enthusiasm. And he loves God’s people with a heart that God has filled with love. Once you’ve been in his Bible study, you’ll hang on every word and won’t want to miss any of the studies. God has blessed him with so many of His gifts, especially the gift of teaching.

  2. Linda - November 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Wow! Tom came to our church in Youngstown, OH to speak to our people about “reconciliation”. He took the Bible class hour to detail God’s plan of salvation for us (The Salvation Diagram). He took the sermon time to prepare our hearts and minds for our special service of reconciliation that was happening three days later on Wednesday. Our church had been planning and preparing for over a year for reconciliation. That service was incredible! I know in my heart of hearts that it was the Holy Spirit using Tom as His instrument to soften the hearts of our people to become ready for such an important event in the life of our congregation. THANK YOU, PASTOR TOM!

  3. Rev. Karl Rein - November 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Amazing! Tom came to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Youngstown Ohio last Sunday (Nov. 8)to speak about Reconciliation. We are currently going through the “Transforming Congregation Process.” As a congregation, this is a major turning point for our faith and life. I invited Tom to come and speak to us. He led our Bible Study (using his salvation diagram) and then preached for me that morning. He spiritually prepared us for our “Time of Reconciliation.” It was perfect! My parishoners were overjoyed and could not stop talking about him and his message.

    Pastors, if you’re looking for a meaningful change in your lives and in the lives of your people, contact Tom to have him come and speak with you and for you. Watch as The Holy Spirit changes lives through him. THANK YOU AGAIN TOM! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FIRMLY ROOTED MINISTRY!

  4. Kristi - November 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Tom spoke to our Women’s Ministry. Has an amazing ability to speak directly to his audience. He knew the type of women in the room and spoke to our hearts to gently remind us to always place God and His Word first in our lives. He gave me a new perspective when he asked us if we have “repeatable lives,” one we are modeling to others, one that is worthy of being repeated by others. I attend Tom’s Bible classes often on a biweekly basis and each time it is new and refreshing.

  5. Christine Tritten - November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I coordinate our women’s ministry group at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lake Orion, MI. I’d had a suggestion about a service talk for the time around the holidays, and, thinking our group might be able to help Firmly Rooted Ministries, I contacted Tom to speak. Although it was a perfect opportunity for him to tell about the needs of the ministry, he used the time to meet the needs of the women in the room. We listened to the story of Mary and Martha and reflected on how important it is to sit at the feet of Jesus. So often our service gets the priority – we women and do and do and do and . . . . Often this leaves us feeling empty, angry and resentful, or guilty that we can never do enough. We meditated on Psalm 1:3 “His delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season.” This is our desire; to be so firmly rooted in Christ, that the “fruit,” or service, comes naturally – and only after being grounded in His Word. Tom used the illustration of the great Sequoia trees, which have stood firm for ages. Their root systems don’t go deep into the ground, but intertwine themselves around each other for strength. This was so meaningful for our group of women, and so encouraging to use each other as a similar suport. We all resolved to hold each other accountable for being more firmly rooted, and I know lives will be changed when our relationship with Jesus is first and foremost.

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