Tom Garrelts

Profile Updated: August 25, 2017
Residing In: Wichita, KS USA
Spouse/Partner: Jeanne (52 years) We were both attending Wichita State University and working at Wichita's largest bank part-time where we met. Married March, 1965
Children: 7 Children - 3 girls, 4 boys - all married
27 grandchildren
6 married children +25 grandchildren More…live here in Wichita with us and some attend church with us and we are all best friends! Our children all graduated from our Christian Schools. Most of our grandchildren now attend!
Homepage: wichitacitychurch.net
Occupation: Senior Pastor, City Church Assembly of God
Military Service: Capt., Communications, USAF, Anchorage, Alaska  
How did you spend your "working" years, including volunteer work?

Following graduation in Business Mgmt. from Wichita State went to work for IBM Corp.; then started and Insurance agency; the draft board pursued me, so I enlisted in the US Air Force and became a Communications Officer strationed in Alaska; Started the Achievement Company with Success Motivation Institute in Anchorage while in the USAF & following; attended Bible College in Anchorage and became its Admiistrator & a teacher. Was ordained in 1974 and came home to Wichita in 1975 to pioneer the Wichita Christian Center, with a Christian school, & Bible College.
Took many ministry, leadership, educational, and legal seminars & courses. and got my Executive MBA from Wichita State also.
Pastored 2 churches & started a Christian school in the Seattle area.
In Wichita - also started New Beginnings Christian Center & Academy, was principal of Word Of Life Traditional School (2000), and started City Church and City Church Academy. (2002 -current)
President of North Wichita Optimist Club.

What are your hobbies, pastimes, causes, leisure activities?

I was a recruiter for Snelling Search and opened their recruiting office in Wichita and also in Seattle for about 4 years while Pastoring also. I still help people do resumes and coach in finding jobs.
I have been a member of the North Wichita Optimist Club for 15 years, haveing served as its President a couple times, still on the Board and am their Chaplain. We do projects to help youth.
The County Juvenile Detention facility brings a group of boys to our church every Sunday night for the last 4 years for us to mentor & minister to. An awesome opportunity I enjoy.
I love planting trees, bushes, flowers gardening, & landscaping at home and our churches. I am always fixing up things.

NEW! What's on your bucket list?

I am doing my "bucket list". I feel so fortunate and blessed to be doing all I do. I have an incredible wife, my best friend, that we celebrate life together daily. I love preaching, teaching, playing drums and worshipping - the whole church life experience and want to keep doing it all as long as possible.
After my heart attack November 2012 (stented) I have to slow down a bit and count my blessings even more!

School Memories:

I loved my High School experience and am so grateful to have been brought up in our generation and at MHS. I am so grateful we had "Teen Town" as a wonderful meeting place, plus the whole "May Day" experience. I loved to dance at teen town and in the May Fate.

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BBA & Executive MBA from Wichita State U
Attended much additional ministry training
Ordained, Assembly of God, pioneered 3 churches, 4 Christian Schools, a Bible College, was a director or principal for several others. Pastored 2 great churches in the Seattle area. Pioneered 3 churches in Wichita.
Absolutely love the Lord, my family, the people I serve, and what I am called to do. Living a very blessed life!

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