About Tom & Marsha
Tom grew up in an Irish-Catholic family in Chicago, where he came to Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade (now Cru) just one month before his graduation from Northern Illinois University. Marsha is from Texas, a proud alum of UT-Austin, where she also came to Christ through Cru. They both joined Cru staff and God brought them together when they were assigned to the same Cru staff team in North Carolina. That year serving together as team-mates convinced them that they should form a longer-term team by getting married, and so they did!
After one more year together on Cru staff, the Lord led them to studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, followed by a 4-year Associate Pastor position in northern New Jersey. The Lord had placed in their hearts an openness to and a pull toward serving in the more needy fields outside of the States. Through a year-long process of prayer, pondering and research, the Walshes ended up moving over to France in 1979 with their three young daughters, ages 5, 3 and 1, to begin a challenging, joyful and fruitful 11-year ministry of evangelism, church-planting and leadership development.
Returning to the States for family reasons, Tom & Marsha settled into the Philadelphia area to serve at their Mission’s headquarters and in one of their supporting churches. With nudging from the Lord and others, Tom accepted the call to a pastoral position at their church in 1995. Since then, he has served as a Teaching Pastor, Interim Lead Pastor and Missions Pastor. Their family has grown significantly with the addition of 9 grandchildren.
He and Marsha are excited about this new chapter that is before them where they anticipate having a focus of Pastoral & Leadership Training to the under-served people groups of the world, with a particular focus on the francophone world.