Tom is currently the team leader for World Renew in Asia, focusing on Bangladesh, India, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia.
Tom and his wife, Melva, have 5 children. Melva is originally from the country of Belize, in Central America. Tom grew up in the Trinity Christian Reformed Church of Grandville, MI, and their present home church is the Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI.
Tom has worked for the Peace Corps in Belize, in bilingual education with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and for World Renew in Honduras, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and Kenya. He has served as field director for Mexico and Belize, Central America Zone Director, as team leader for East & Southern Africa, and as developer of partnerships for business development in Kenya (Partners for Christian Development). Melva has worked as a nurse, teacher, and mom in various countries.
Tom has his BA in biology and secondary education from Calvin College, his MA in Bilingual Education from Grand Valley State Colleges, his MSc. in Agronomy and Certificates in Latin American Studies and Tropical Agriculture from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia. Melva has her BSc in nursing from Grand Valley State University.