Tom Harves grew up in an unsaved home. After graduating from High School, he joined the USAF and planned to be a career military man. But God changed his plans! On October 18, 1984, while stationed at NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tom trusted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior after reading a gospel tract that he had placed in his wallet months before. Tom devoured the Word of God and was discipled by many men at Mesa Hills Bible Church (Colorado Springs) During this time, the Lord burdened Tom’s heart for ministry and he started working with the MHBC Youth Group.
In 1986, Tom met his wife-to-be, Kim Sheppard, at church. Kim had just graduated from GRSBM (Grand Rapids, MI). On July 3, 1989, they were married at Twin Peaks Bible Camp (Collbran, CO). They now have 3 active children: daughter, Kayla; son, Konnor; and daughter, Karissa.
Tom graduated from Calvary Bible College & Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO) in 1994 with a B.S. in Pastoral Studies. He began his pastoral ministry as a Youth Pastor at Tanglewood Bible Fellowship in Duncan, Oklahoma. He then became a missionary pastor at South Routt Bible Church in Oak Creek, Colorado (near Steamboat Springs) for 13 years. In 2009, the family moved to LaGrange, Wyoming to pastor the LaGrange Bible Church and to teach at Frontier School of the Bible.
Tom has a heart for the missionaries w/ TBM because he was a missionary pastor himself who continues to be a “tentmaker” working part-time construction jobs just to make ends meet. He knows how hard it is to try to balance ministry, work, and family demands. He knows what it is like to rebuild a struggling church and see it revived by being consistent in preaching God’s Word and loving the people.