First, and foremost, we love Jesus. We exist to serve Him and give Him the glory through all things. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, that He created us in Him image, and that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. We believe in the resurrection and we believe that God’s will is perfect and all things happen according to His will – we pray that we will always give Him the glory in good and bad.
Tom and Ashlee met when she was dating his college roommate, a couple years later – both single – God brought them back together and the rest is HIStory. (See what I did there😉 ). They got married in 2008, while Tom was serving as a Youth Pastor, Ashlee was a supervisor at Starbucks (after Isaac was born Ashlee became a stay-at-home-mom).
Tom and Ashlee have three pretty awesome boys!
- Isaac – named “Isaac” so that when we look at him we will be reminded of the story of Abraham and Isaac, Genesis 22:1-14. We wanted our firstborn to always be a reminder that our relationship with God is the most important, even more important than our children, that no matter where He calls us to serve Him, no matter the cost, our obedience to God must always come first.
- Nathanael – “gift from God” or “God has given” – Nate was born almost exactly one year after Tom’s father had passed away, and there couldn’t be a child more like his PawPaw than our Nate. Nate was given to us a gift, we have full faith in this, God is constantly reminded us of the gift we have from Him in our children. Nathanael serves as a reminder that our children are indeed just that, a precious gift from God.
- Samuel – “God hears” or “ask of God”. We [or well, specifically Ashlee] have always prayed for [at least] three boys. More than that, the time leading up to and during Ashlee’s pregnancy with Samuel, we were asking some pretty big things of God. We had been in a season of waiting and growth and we were in prayer that God would move in us, that He would provide us with ways to serve Him. We had another name in mind, but as soon as we had the ultrasound at 20 weeks, we knew our boy’s name was supposed to be Samuel. God heard our cries, and He answered.
Tom is currently Pastor at New Lexington Baptist Church, in Ohio. Ashlee is a Wellness Educator & Independent Distributor with Young Living Essential Oils. Our family is rooted in Christ, our relationships with Him are most valuable. We use essential oils & natural [nontoxic] products to help care for our bodies, they [our bodies] are temples for the Lord. We try to be mindful of what we put in and on our bodies. There are so many harmful chemicals in every day products that we used to use – it was shocking all that we threw out! We strive to stay above the wellness line by using Young Living Essential Oils – their oils and other products. Sure, occasionally we do get sick, but it’s nothing like it was before!
God has given us a passion to serve. We love educating others about Essential Oils, natural & spiritual wellness. We also are very passionate about sharing our love for marriage, and on it’s importance and sacredness in Christ. We have been blessed with numerous opportunities to counsel and encourage others in their marriages. God has blessed us with the privilege to speak on occasion – outside of our congregation – and we don’t take those chances lightly. We are called to live a life pleasing to God, that all of our actions and words should direct others to Him. While we are not perfect and we do fall short, we are humbled that He still uses us to glorify Him.
Psalm 103:2-4 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
James 5:14-15 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.
Deuteronomy 30:20 That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…
Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all you iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.