Tom Blackwood

Executive Pastor

Where were you born?
Barnesville, Ohio

Who is in your family?
Spouse, Kenda; children, Ben, Jon Thomas and Macy

What is your favorite verse in the Bible?
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

What is your favorite movie?
It’s a toss up between Grease, The Sound of Music and Frozen.

What was your first job?
Short-Order Cook

What is a major pet peeve of yours?
Being put on hold, forgotten about, then disconnected

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let’s go! We’re burning daylight.” — John Wayne in The Cowboys

What is your standard coffee order?
Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte

What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Lima beans and cottage cheese

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Hunting in South Africa

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Cleaning bathrooms, especially the tubs

What is your favorite time of the year?
Autumn. I love the cooler weather and watching the leaves change color.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Play the piano

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
Kurt Russell


What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
Undercover Boss…and my kids made fun of me relentlessly.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Saying my final goodbye to my father

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
I ran from a cop after my cousin, and I rolled a flaming soda can under his patrol car…We were nine.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Not having a care in the world

Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever been?
In an Embera Indian village deep in the Darien Jungles of Panama

What do you enjoy most in ministry?
Leading short-term missions teams and impacting people for Christ