We were so grateful to have Tom Owens bring our message this morning and join us in worship. Tom currently serves as the Executive Director of Open Door Ministries in Waynesville. He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and spent most of his childhood playing in the Shenandoah National Park. He attended James Madison University where he received a BA in Philosophy and Religion. He took time off to travel through Europe and South/Central America and considers traveling to be the best education he ever received. He moved to Denver Colorado where he attended the Iliff School of Theology and received a Masters of Divinity and began ministry as Associate Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver. He met his wife, Ann Henderson Owens in Colorado and they moved to Western NC when she took a position as the children’s and family pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville.