Tom Petter

My story:

Born and raised in French-speaking Switzerland, my first real job was in forestry. At 18, I attended the Abbey School for the English language in London (close to the Beatles’ studio on Abbey Road). At that time, I made a serious commitment to serving Jesus and joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) at Holmsted Manor in West Sussex. I participated in several outreaches, including East Africa and Western Europe.  In 1986,  I enrolled in the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) at Makapala on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The best part of that time involved meeting and marrying Donna (née DiMaggio, from Pittsburgh PA) who served on SBS staff.  After mission work on Oahu, the Big Island and Togo, West Africa, we both pursued graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, MA) and the University of Toronto. Since 2006, Donna and I have been core members of the Old Testament faculty at Gordon-Conwell.  Through the years, we have both served on various ministry teams including at historic Park Street Church,  Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, and more recently, North Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Peabody, MA.  Our son Marcus is a junior in High School who loves to read and study all things related to baseball. We are planning to move to the Wayland area in the Spring of 2018.

My journey to TCC:

Trinitarian Congregational Church feels very much like home since Donna and I were both ordained by TCC in 2012 and served as Pastoral Associates until 2015. I returned as  part-time Interim Senior Pastor in early 2016.  After an extensive search by the search committee and a consulting firm, the call to become the next Senior Pastor was extended  in January 2017 with a transition to full time  in June 2017.   By the grace of God, TCC has a great heritage as a faithful evangelical witness. There is great expectancy that Lord is at work in our midst as we proclaim the Gospel in Metrowest and throughout the world.

A meaningful verse to me:

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).

The Book of Isaiah in general and chapter 40 in particular continues to have a profound impact in my own life and journey of faith.  This promise is captured in the voice of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, to all of us today and our own weariness: “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 ESV)