New President for the NNSW Conference
Pastor Tom L Evans has been a friend of the North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference for more than five years. He has spoken at Big Camp, ministers' meetings and evangelism training events. He has visited a number of church plants in the conference in a consulting capacity and had a number of NNSW church planters present at SEEDS conferences in the United States.
Pastor Evans is currently the Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at Andrews University and Assistant Director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI).
Pastor Evans completed his undergraduate studies at Walla Walla College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications. He holds both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University. His Doctor of Ministry project is entitled Implementation of a Conference-Wide Church Planting Strategy within the Texas Conference.
Pastor Evans joined NADEI in 2011. He teaches classes and offer seminars in the areas of: Church Growth and the Equipping Pastor, Ministry Coaching, Field Evangelism and Natural Church Development. He is also director of SEEDS Church Planting Conferences. More than 12 SEEDS Conferences are held annually in North America and internationally.
Pastor Evans began full-time pastoral ministry in 1990, and has served in the Upper Columbia Conference, Texas Conference and South New South Wales Conference, Australia. His roles have included: Youth Pastor, Conference Youth Director, Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, Church Planter, Conference Church Planting and Stewardship Director, along with administrative, personnel and ministerial roles.
Pastor Evans’s most recent ministry assignment prior to joining NADEI was as the Church Planting Director for the Texas Conference. 114 new churches were planted over a period of nine years. A model of lay-led church planting, with pastoral coaching and mother churches, was pioneered, which allowed for more rapid expansion of God's work.
A significant ministry passion for Pastor Evans is working with refugees in North America and abroad. He serves as the board chair for ASAP Ministries. In his classes and at SEEDS Conferences, there is a focus on ministering to the Biblical trio of “foreigners, widows and orphans.” His strengths and ministry passions lie in team building, leadership, administration, vision casting, preaching, creativity, evangelism and church growth.
Pastor Evans is married to Mara (originally from Brazil) and has three girls and two boys. His hobbies include: gardening, softball, racquetball, traveling and raising golden retrievers.