His ministry passions include expository preaching of the Word of God, equipping and mobilizing believers for the work of ministry, training the next generation of pastors and elders in the church, as well as teaching theology and the Biblical languages in the church.
Jerod and his wife Sarah have been married for 14 years and have three girls. Jerod enjoys time with the family; learning languages; spending time with Muslims; reading thick, dense books of theology; traveling; the Boston Red Sox; In-N-Out burgers; and big cups of strong, black coffee.
He holds a B.A. in English literature with a minor in Japanese from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California.
Favorite book: “The Justification of God” by John Piper
Inspired by: Athanasius, Augustine, the Reformers, John MacArthur and John Piper
Favorite quote: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper
Life purpose statement: I exist for the imperial majesty of Jesus Christ and for the glory of His invincible, sovereign empire.
Tommy taught journalism at TCU for 35 years, where he was the founding director of the Schieffer School of Journalism. After he stepped down from academic administration, he founded the Texas Center for Community Journalism on campus, an organization that provided mid-career professional development for Texas reporters.
He is also a long-time Bible teacher at churches in Texas and Arkansas. He is a former youth director, college director, elder, minister of education, and church musician.
Tommy graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and holds M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also did coursework at Dallas Theological Seminary.
He is an Air Force veteran, having lived in California, North Dakota, Nebraska, Germany, and Virginia before moving to Texas. He began volunteering as a youth leader in North Dakota, which carried over to his time in Nebraska. Since moving to Texas and becoming part of CCBC, he has volunteered with the youth ministry, taught adult equipping classes, and hosted a home group for more than 15 years. He has served as an elder for more than 14 years.
His ministry passions include church history, discipleship, and teaching Scripture. He enjoys doing family history research and Texas barbecue in his free time.
He attended Penn State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. He now works as an aerospace engineer in Fort Worth, Texas.