Sundays at 9:30A & 11:00A

Tom Petter

Senior Pastor

My story:

Born and raised in French-speaking Switzerland (canton de Vaud), 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. In YWAM I participated in several outreaches (in East Africa and Western Europe) but I always knew in my heart that I needed to take time to study the Bible more in depth. So in 1986 at age 22, I joined another YWAM program, 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. In the course of the years and the accumulation of several graduate degrees side by side, Donna and I have continued on this journey of integrating ministry leadership (including church planting) and teaching. For the past ten years, Donna and I have taught as Old Testament faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, MA). We have a son, Marcus (sophomore in High School) who loves all things related to baseball and basketball.

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 last year. For me to be back as part-time Interim Senior pastor has been pure joy (with some work!) and I’m excited to join this leg of the journey. By the grace of God, TCC has a great heritage as a faithful evangelical witness in Metro West and around the world. There is great expectancy that Lord is at work in our midst as the community prepares for the next chapter.

A meaningful verse to me:

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. “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). 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)