Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pastor Tom to hold book signing at Covenant CPC in Ada this October

Western Oklahoma author, retired Marine Corps officer, and Cumberland Presbyterian minister Tom Spence, will be selling and signing his books at the Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ada, Oklahoma from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 14 October 2016.

His newest release is Acceptance of Authority.

Shouldn’t he be doing this in a bookstore?  Tom has been featured in bookstores and coffee shops in several states but this time he is conducting a fundraiser for the Red River Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The General Assembly of this denomination of about 100, 000 will be hosted in Norman, Oklahoma in 2018 by the Choctaw and Red River Presbyteries.  Tom is donating 100% of all proceeds from this book signing to the Red River Presbytery to support this gathering.

Tom will have a variety of his books published by Tate Publishing.  Two of the most hard-hitting books, especially for those in western Oklahoma, are Throw Away Kids and PoMo Poverty.  In these companion selections, Tom goes beyond identifying society’s problems; he brings us to solutions that don’t wait on the government to fix or ignore the problems.

Tom is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the pastor of the congregation in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. 

As a pastor, he ministers not only within the state but returned last summer from his second trip to Africa to train pastors and church leaders in Kenya and Uganda.  He has served as moderator of the Red River Presbytery but perhaps is best known as the guy who gives out wristbands that read:  GOD LOVES YOU – LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Tom is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer that served in all four Marine Divisions, including a tour training reservists.  He has served in Iraq and Kuwait, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, aboard Marine bases on the east and west coasts of the United States, and has a substantial amount of service afloat.  His final tour was as a program manager in charge of maintenance and modifications of Marine Corps ground training systems and simulators around the globe.

Tom served as both student and instructor at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia—the Crossroads of the Corps, and proudly boasts that he successfully avoided a tour in the Pentagon for his entire career.  Tom wrote two books specifically about the Marine Corps.  The first was a first person collection of observations and anecdotes titled Sea Stories.  The other was Christianity for Marines.

Tom will also have with him, two unique books with fast moving dialogue where two men—The Conversation—and two women—Going Up—drop their defense mechanisms and actually talk about important things.

Please join Tom on Friday 14 October 2016, buy a few books, and be a part of hosting the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 2018.


Book Signing by Tom Spence
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church
15791 State Hwy 1W

Ada, Oklahoma 74820