Greetings in the name of the Lord! I was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grew up in both North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota. After graduating from high school in 1987, I moved south to Oklahoma and Texas to play college baseball. In 1989, I met and married Kim, and God gave us four children (who are all grown now). The most significant event that has ever taken place in my life is, without question, when I met Jesus Christ, received his mercy, and committed my life to him in 1992.
A great joy of my life is serving as Lead Pastor of the Journey Bible Church. Having been here since 2013, it continues to be a great joy to serve with such a wonderful staff and body of believers as we work together to make a positive difference in the lives of people for our Lord Jesus Christ. The Journey Bible Church exists to make much of Jesus and to make disciples of all nations. We are a diverse group of disciple-makers who are united to help people become like Christ! Our desire is to encourage people in the process of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ, and we do that by assisting people to develop in three specific areas: the heart of Christ, the mind of Christ, and the hands of Christ. To put it another way, our desire is to connect people in a deeper relationship with God and one another, to equip people to think and live biblically, and to prepare people to serve God and others.
As a pastor, God has given me a teacher’s heart; therefore, I am committed to the faithful exposition of the Word of God. God has also given me a shepherd’s heart; therefore, I long to see broken people restored, weary people strengthened, wandering people to come home, and all people encouraged—no matter what they’ve been through. Finally, God has given me a mentor’s heart; therefore, I want to help people discover and use their unique gifts and passions to serve God and people. If you need encouragement in your life and faith, please know the Journey is a church where people are cared for and the Bible is treasured and taught!
Tom and his wife Kim have been married since 1989, and they have four grown children. Kim has worked in education for many years (currently at Central High School in San Angelo). Tom has served as a Senior Pastor since 2001, and has carried the good news of Jesus Christ to people in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. He holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree (specializing in Discipleship and Church Ministry) from Liberty University School of Divinity, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Biblical Studies from Criswell College (Dallas, TX). He has received additional training from Dallas Theological Seminary where he’s done graduate study in Leadership and Theology, as well as graduate study in Rabbinic Judaism from Criswell College. He is currently earning a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University School of Divinity. Tom enjoys writing, chess, athletics, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Leslie Smith has served as an Elder at the Journey Bible Church since its inception, and in May 2010 came on staff as the Operations Minister. He now serves as the Associate Pastor. Leslie’s passion is for seeing Christ formed in lives through teaching the Word of God and discipleship realtionships. Leslie has traveled extensively, on numerous mission trips in Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. He has a B.A. in Art and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Thelogical Seminary. Leslie and his wife Lori have three children; Abi, Chloe and Eli.
Favorite Restaurant – Logan’s
Favorite Dessert – Buttermilk pie
Favorite Author – Whoever I’m reading at the moment
Favorite Movie – A Beautiful Mind
Favorite Quote – “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
Gidget Tate has served as Children’s Director of The Journey Bible Church since January 2007. Prior to the vocational call to the Journey, Gidget served in various children’s ministries within the San Angelo area since 1997. Prior to that, she served as the Youth Sports Director of the YMCA of San Angelo, TX. Along with her normal duties, Gidget also serves as a child advocate for Compassion International. Gidget enjoys golfing, spending time with friends, and helping children grow in the Lord.
Favorite Restaurant – Ichiban
Favorite Dessert – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Author – Beth Moore
Favorite Movie – Radio and A Walk To Remember
Favorite Quote – “Every experience God gives us, every person he brings into our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.” Corrie Ten Boom
Brian Carroll grew up in Irving, TX (right by Dallas) and came to San Angelo to attend Angelo State University. He graduated in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Journalism. After a semester of student teaching at Central High School, he knew that he wanted to work with students, but rather than teaching them English, God placed a strong desire to want to share the Gospel instead.
Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle or Freebirds
Favorite Dessert – Cookies and cream ice cream
Favorite Author –C. S. Lewis and John Piper
Favorite Movie –The Sandlot
Favorite Quote – “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” –John Piper
Adam McInturff has been worship leader at the Journey since September 2012. He is married to Megan who also sings with the worship team; they had their first son in June 2012. Adam went to Central High School and graduated from Angelo State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He likes to study Christian apologetics and political philosophy, and mixing hymns with contemporary music to lead worship.
Favorite Restaurant – PF Chang’s
Favorite Dessert – Banana Pudding
Favorite Author – Tie between Francis Schaeffer and Murray Rothbard
Favorite Movie –Across the Universe
Favorite Quote –”Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito.” from Virgil’s Aeneid, Book VI (“Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.”)