Thomas Goodfellow

A belief held within a bubble of sterile philosophy isn't a belief at all, it's a default setting... I want to live in a world of questions.

I was born in 1989, in North West England. It took me nine years to discover Christ, and I am still on the journey of getting to know him today. 

If I'm honest, I don't believe I'm anything special, but I am committed and connected to a God who redefines me as more than I could imagine. In many ways I feel like James and John in Matthew 4:19, two fishermen called by a great Rabbi to be something more than they could imagined.

I remember my first real encounter with Jesus, it was when I was 9 years old,  it was an encounter that changed me. I have no doubt that this spiritual moment was rooted in an intellectual decision, a decision to be reunited with the God who wants to be in relationship with me. I remember the time, the moment, the clear and logical thought progression; I was created to be in relationship with God, and I wanted that relationship. But my life didn’t change immediately, not tremendously; this isn't one of those stories. It’s been a long process of getting to know God. We’ve had our highs and our lows, both tremendous in their own ways; yet somehow, through it all, every ounce of reason and passion has lead me to the God who knows me, loves me, and wants me to be more. Today, I can say categorically that I’m a believing, baptized, student follower of the greatest teacher, the most high God.

Though I was born and raised in England, by the age of 21 my desire to follow God brought me to the United States. I’m now living on beautiful Whidbey Island with my wonderful wife, Erin, who is more talented at life and passionate about God than I can believe. She's better than me in every way. Together we seek to serve God and strive to fulfill his mission.

Since I was 16 years old I have been studying Christian theology, I can't image anything more exciting. Since I was 17, I have been in various academic institutions delving deeper, and I’m still not done. There is more to learn, deeper to delve, and God just keeps welcoming my feeble dives. Discovering more about God is a lifelong venture, and I’m thoroughly invested. When I’m not finding the big questions in life, or playing with Logos Bible Software, you can find me in a coffee shop, discussing with friends the various aspects of who God is and what it means to follow him.

Living a life with Christ isn’t simply academic, it is much more. I find myself invested in a relationship with a very real God who is particularly invested in the lives of his followers. When I consider my life with God I cannot help but be overwhelmed by one astonishing fact: God is invested in me. It is because Christ gave his life as a willing sacrifice for the sins of the world, and rose from the dead as an evidence to that fact, that I am able (as are you) to have a relationship with the God who is thoroughly invested in his people. It is because of God’s investment, his love, his sacrifice, and his awesome glory that I am invested.


Academia

Moody Theological Seminary
Master of the Arts, Congregational Leadership

Moody Bible Institute
Bachelor of the Arts, Pastoral Ministry

Trinity College Bristol
Certificate of Higher Education, Theological Studies

Skills Solutions
National Vocational Qualification, Child Care

Capernwray Bible School
Bible School Certificate


Experience

Christian Life Center (2016 - 2018)
Since 2016 it was my honor to serve at Christian Life Center in Freeland, Washington, as their Family Life Pastor. In this role I was primarily responsible for the discipleship of high school and middle school students, although my responsibilities stretched into developing and overseeing media content, live streaming, website development, and new technology implementation, as well as offering ministry to parents and college students.

Elmbrook Church (2015 - 2016)
It was a privilege to be invited to serve on staff at Elmbrook Church, a community that I had served in during my BA. While there, I served primarily in adult education. My main responsibilities included overseeing the revision and development of discipleship curriculum, assisting in developing a new structure for the internship program, and directing the “Faith Foundations” and “Starting Point” classes. In addition to this, it was a privilege to frequently teach Elmbrook's 'Know What You Believe' Theology course.

Brooklife Church (2014 - 2015)
As “Church Leadership Intern,” my role was to assist the Executive Pastor with his ministry, while also leading Brooklife’s mens ministry, “Valor”, preaching in middle school ministry, leading a home group, teaching baptism classes, coaching home group leaders, leading staff meeting, and other responsibilities. This internship fulfilled learning requirements toward my Masters degree in Congregational Leadership.

Elmbrook Church (2011 – 2014)
Since my arrival in the United States, I sought to have an active ministerial life. My primary ministry practice from 2011-2014 was with Elmbrook Church, volunteering with 8th grade boys in the Mosaic Middle School Ministry. In addition to this, I launched a Bible study in Waukesha, WI for young adults that is still meeting to this day.

Southwest Youth Ministries (2009– 2010)
Although brief, my experience at SWYM proved deeply beneficial. While working as a youth and schools worker, I had to deal with and learn from the issue of my ministry supervisor sexually harassing young women. Although the ministry sadly dissolved, the experience taught me that God’s truth prevails in his timing.

Christian Life Ministries International (2008– 2009)
As the director of the youth program for a small startup outreach ministry run by a local evangelist, my role was to develop and support the youth work through several branches of the CLMI organization. This involved arranging and hosting regular youth events as well as being part of a team running a thriving youth cafe in an urban setting.

Buddies Before and After School Club (2008 - 2009)
At a before and after school club for elementary age children, my role was to set up activities, prepare snacks and drinks, as well as assess the academic development of children under five as part of the “Early Years Foundation Stage” on behalf of OFSTED. While working at Buddies, I developed my people skills and the ability to relate to a people of all ages, whilst also earning my NVQ in Child Care.

Sound Engineer (2005 - 2007)
As a sound engineer for many organizations and events, including my home church, large outdoor concerts, and major charity events, I learned to work on my own and take initiative in high-pressure situations.

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