About

Husband to a smart, sassy wife named Jess, and father to two little minions named Will & Luke, Tom is the pastor of Grace Family Church – a multi-campus megachurch in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Master’s of Theology from Tabor College, Australia. His blog is read internationally by thousands, has been translated into several languages, and printed in numerous magazines and publications. In addition to his regular preaching role, Tom has spoken widely to other churches, schools, and businesses. If you’d like to book Tom for a speaking engagement, please click here.

Tom is also a successful Obstacle Course Racer, placing 2nd in the world at the 2017 OCR World Championships in Canada. In 2022 Tom will be attempting to break two Official World Records – the World’s Highest Obstacle Course Race, and the World’s Highest Marathon – all at the infamous Mount Everest! For more info on this crazy challenge, click here. For more on Tom’s athletic career, click here.

When he’s not leading the church or training, you can find him surfing, drinking coffee, or climbing trees with his incredibly gifted and perfect children, who are never naughty. Ever.

He has been called many things – passionate, authentic, funny… short. Most of all he feels called by God to preach the Gospel and build the local church.

Athlete/Coach

At an early age Tom found a love for Gymnastics, and by age 12 was representing South Africa on the international junior scene. He was awarded his National Colours many times after that, competing successfully both locally and abroad.

In pursuit of new goals, Tom then dabbled with the Comrades Ultra-Marathon & the Dusi Canoe Marathon, but eventually turned to the sport of CrossFit, and immediately found success there too. However, it was Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) that really captured his attention and passion. In 2017, at the OCR World Championships in Canada, Tom placed 2nd and 4th respectively in the 15k & 3k Sprint events (Age 30-39). In 2018 he placed 3rd at the SA OCR Championships in both the Pro Men’s Sprint event as well as the Commando Elite event, and 2nd in the Pro Team Sprint.

In 2018 Tom also stepped out of his comfort zone and took to the mud of “Toughest Mudder Texas” – an 8-hour, through-the-night, multi-lap, obstacle course race that lives up to its name as one of the “Toughest” OCR races out there. To read more about his experience, click here.

In 2022 Tom will be attempting to break two Official World Records – the World’s Highest Obstacle Course Race, and the World’s Highest Marathon – all at the infamous Mount Everest! For more info on this crazy challenge, or if you’d like to sponsor his adventure, click here

Tom is currently sponsored by these great brands: Salomon, Adventure Obstacle Training, Keto Nutrition, AirTeam.

ONLINE PROGRAMMING/COACHING

Tom has a passion to help people flourish in all aspects of life – mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Driven by a pursuit to empower men and women through high-intensity functional fitness, and with his background as a professional gymnast – not to mention his expertise as a physiotherapist – Tom provides online programming and coaching for all levels of fitness. Need some motivation? Tired of your same-old routine? Need someone to hold you accountable and motivate you to reach your full potential? Tom can help. Fill out this form to take the next step.

Writer/Speaker

Tom is a gifted communicator, known for his enthusiasm, authenticity and humour. As a pastor, physiotherapist, and elite athlete, Tom is passionate about living “healthy and whole” – mind, body and soul – and helping others to do the same.

Everything from nutrition, to fitness, to the Bible, to effective leadership principles – Tom practices what he preaches. He is comfortable speaking to large or small audiences, and if you’d like to have Tom speak at your next event, please click here. To hear some of Tom’s latest sermons, click here or follow the Grace Family Church YouTube page.

Tom also blogs occasionally, and his blog has been read by thousands and “Freshly Pressed” on WordPress numerous times. If you’re looking to get a feel, take a stroll through some of his most popular posts below:

16 Tips to Simply Your Life (And Increase Your Productivity) (Freshly Pressed)

The Importance of Crossing Daily Finish Lines (Guest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog)

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Kettlebells

4 More Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Kettlebells (Freshly Pressed)

The First Thing You Should Do In 2012 (Freshly Pressed)

6 Things To Stop Caring About Today

Mastering the Art of Self Discipline

Life’s Too Short For TV

The Adventure of Marriage

How To Plan Your Week