Tom Lewis
Minister to Youth

813.253.3411 ext. 25

tlewis@bayshorebaptistchurch.com

I grew up in Memphis, TN with a devoted Christian family and a youth minister who constantly reminded me that there is no greater love in this world than Christ.  By my junior year at Kenyon College, I was convinced that I was going to become a lawyer, but God had other plans.  After an overwhelming experience of God’s love at the Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh in 2009, I recommitted my life to Christ and answered God’s call to ministry.

I have spent time serving in two other congregations, working in homeless communities, and studying worship in our country’s numerous megachurches.  I am passionate about worship through the arts, about care for the outcast and the stranger, and about the transition from adolescence to adulthood.  Most importantly, I believe that being a Christian means seeking to glorify God in all that we think and do, a call which I am happy to be pursuing here at Bayshore!

WHY MINISTRY?

Because the abundant love of God is a gift too great to be kept secret.
Because there is an entire generation of students who desperately need to feel that love.
Because Christ commanded us to teach his disciples and feed his sheep.
Because the Holy Spirit is breaking down barriers in our world all the time.
Because Paul called on his fellow Christians to serve and lift up one another in all things.
Because I believe that Christ died, rose again, and will return.
And because I know I’d never feel truly fulfilled serving any cause but this one.

The Gospel tells of God’s eternal love for the world– how the Lord became human and walked among us and died on a cross in the ultimate act of love and self-sacrifice.  As God’s children, followers of Christ, and instruments of the

Holy Spirit, we are called to share that love with the world through worship and through mission.  We are called to exist as one body, united in Christ and singing praises in many diverse voices, and we should live our lives in constant service to God’s will.  I believe in inviting God into every part of our lives– into every decision, no matter how big or small; into every activity, no matter how new or mundane; and into every relationship, no matter how healthy or strained.  God loves this creation, and it is our joy as ministers to live in that message!

THE CHURCH I SEE: A group of Christians seeking to follow Christ with all their mind, soul, spirit, and heart through unceasing worship, service, and prayer, bearing with each other in patience, gentleness and love, and working for God’s Kingdom here on earth as we await Jesus’s return!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT BAYSHORE? That “aha!” moment on a student’s face when he or she suddenly gets it.

USELESS FACTS:

What is the best thing to eat for breakfast? As much bacon as possible.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Somewhere in the Caribbean – Great excuse to visit!

What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Buffalo sauce

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Spiderman

How do you eat Oreos? I pull apart several Oreos and carefully scrape off the cream, slowly building a cookie that is around seven layers thick.  After all, why stop at just double stuffed?

What is your favorite color? Whatever color my future wife’s eyes turn out to be.

What is your best friend’s name? I feel like I should answer Jesus, but I’m still going to say Mike.

Have you ever met a celebrity? Ask me about Elvis sometime! It’s a long story.

How many countries have you visited? Canada and a bunch of awesome, little islands.

Can you hula hoop? Nope.

What is your favorite holiday? That evening before All Saints’ Day.

Peanut butter: creamy or crunchy? Extra Crunchy

What’s the last good book you’ve read? The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs

A song you know all the words to: The theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”