What do we do?
Enlighten The World Ministries is a mission minded organization who's goal is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to those we serve so that they may go forth and become disciples, bearing witness to what the Lord has done in their lives.
Our services include
Food Pantry. Distributing food to over 1000 people per month.
PatriotsPromise. A ministry to our local active duty soldiers, veterans, first responders and their family members.
Wednesday night worship, devotion and fellowship. (currently postponed due to COVID)
Disaster Assistance, (Local, national, and abroad) (Our trips have taken us to Houston, TX, Puerto Rico, Florence, SC, Lowlands, NC, and Sampson County, NC)
Evangelical missions (spreading the love of Jesus Christ to those who do not yet no him) (we have completed missions in Appalachia, Colorado Springs, CO, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Cuba)
We are members of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville, NC
We are members of the Sampson County Chamber of Commerce
We hope that you will come volunteer with us or check out one of our community services.
Pastor Thom is the Founder, Pastor and Director of Enlighten The World Ministries. Pastor Thom was born and raised in York, PA. He is married to a wonderful woman, Pam, since November 2000. "We met December 1999 and went on a marathon date. We have not been apart ever since", says Pastor Thom. "She is the light of my life, my better half". Both being married before, Pastor Thom has 2 wonderful daughters to his previous marriage. Ms Pam has 2 daughter's and a son. "They are all grown and giving us grand-kids now", boasts Pastor Thom. "We currently have 14 Grandkids, and can't wait for more", says pastor Thom.
In his free time, Pastor Thom enjoys doing most anything as long as it is outdoors in God's wonderful creation. He and Ms Pam enjoy playing Tennis, you may find them kayaking on the rivers, lakes and intracoastal waterway, they enjoy playing softball, volleyball, just about anything outdoors and active. "And if our kids can joins us, that just makes it all the more enjoyable", says the Pastor. But, Pastor Thom's greatest outdoor activity is fishing. "If I have some "me time" that is what I would rather do than anything else", says Pastor Thom. Pastor Thom also enjoys big game and turkey hunting.
Pastor Thom retired in July 2015 as a Web Programmer and Graphic Designer for the US Army's Directorate of Human Resources, Fort Bragg NC.
Pastor Thom has been very active in Men's Ministry and Youth Ministry for many years. As a Field Director for PromiseKeepers (A mens outreach ministry), Pastor Thom, visited churches and assisted them in starting a men's ministry or assisted in growing their current mens ministry. He volunteered at a few PromiseKeepers Rallies. Statics have shown that if a man with family finds the Lord and becomes active in the church, chances of other family members following is greater than 90%. Biblically, men are to be the spiritual leaders within their household. If we can make men the kind of guys God made them to be, our community may be able to come back to the biblical values this country was founded on.
Youth has been a great blessing to Pastor Thom. "Watching kids grow in Christ and be the people God intends them to be is the coolest thing to witness. Giving them the foundation for the rest of their life has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The thing is, I think they taught me as much or more than I taught them. For that I will always be grateful to the Lord for giving me the opportunity to be a Youth Minister and Sunday School teacher", say's Pastor Thom.
Pastor Thom's calling to have the outreach ministry came in December 2008. "God has been leading me down this path, putting one stepping stone in front of the other", says Pastor Thom. "we have steered His path diligently and now the ministry is growing leaps and bounds". "IT IS SO EXCITING".