Originally ordained as a United Methodist minister, Tom pastored in the United Methodist Church for 5 years. He then founded and pastored a trans-denominational community church for 10 years in Kentucky.
Until February of 1999, Tom Benz served as Southeast Regional Director for International Bible Society, developing partnerships to underwrite, publish, and distribute new translations of the Bible. In 1999, he founded the organization now called Bridges of Faith, a ministry targeting orphans and other children in need in Ukraine.
Tom holds degrees in Religion and Philosophy, Music, and Non-Profit Management, having studied at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Oxford Graduate School. When not traveling, he lives in Billingsley, Alabama.