My wife Trish, our daughter Lizzie and I moved here to Buffalo 7 years ago from Long Island, New York, for a new job opportunity. We chose Buffalo for its small town qualities and proximity to the Twin Cities. Upon arrival in Buffalo, we started looking for a new church home. Having been members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Levittown, we were looking for a Lutheran Church and we wanted one with an active youth program (Lizzie was in second grade at the time). After seeing all Zion had to offer, we became members shortly after our arrival.
The job opportunity I had was with Boston Scientific, but after 12 months there, found myself victim to one of their major reductions in force. How scary was that; 1500 miles from family and our support network, and without a job! But God looked after us and I quickly found another opportunity with my current employer that is actually a better fit for my skills and talents. I work with CareFusion, a large medical device manufacturer, as an Engineering Project Manager. I work in the Plymouth facility which develops and produces Ventilators for the Homecare and critical care markets. It is satisfying to know that the products we produce help improve the lives of the people that need them.
For fun I like to play golf in the warm months, and I am involved in karate with Lizzie. I have a side business that affords me the opportunity to travel to Germany at least once per year for a week or so. Although most of my time is occupied with work, it is fun to travel and see other cultures. We like to travel as a family as well often returning east to visit with family, or, being Disney nuts, travel to Orlando to visit Mickey.
I have been involved at Zion with the Sunday school program as a teacher and as a Confirmation guide. Education has always been an interest for me both learning and leading. My desire to learn has led me to use my commuting time more productively by listening to podcasts and audio books. In doing so, I stumbled across Dave Ramsey speaking about biblical personal finance and “Financial Peace” and that struck a nerve with me. The principles presented in his Financial Peace University program are counter to current culture but absolutely logical, and if followed, life changing. I was so inspired by the program that I am partnering with Tom Moline to co-coordinate the program at Zion beginning Monday, January 27. I highly recommend it to anyone struggling to “make ends meet” or just sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck with no end in sight.
As a council member I hope to broaden my Christian educational participation beyond the youth and bring learning opportunities for families and adults as well. I believe to strengthen faith we need to learn through small group discussions and fellowship how to apply the Word in our daily lives. I learned an old saying years ago, “we teach best what we most need to learn”. I believe that totally applies to me.
Tom moved out of the state for work in 2017.