Hello Thomas! I’m glad you were willing to join me on this series. Thomas was one of the few members of NewSong I knew before joining NewSong. We had roomed together the year before, and thus, I had already been acquainted with his being a Trekkie and a ferroequinologist (lover of trains). Blessed with a rich bass voice, he is equally likely to unleash smooth melodies and smooth one-liners.
If you could sum yourself up in five words, what would those words be?
Reformed theology, science fiction, trains.
Tell us a little about the rest of your family?
My mom works at the Department of Job and Family Services. My dad works as a service mechanic at Frito-Lay, and my sister is a music major at the University of Akron.
Tell us a little about the current church you attend (at home or at college or both)?
I currently attend Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I like that they sing classic hymns, have very strong preaching, and it is [a church that is] very Christ-entered in its entire service.
Why did you initially audition for NewSong?
NewSong was a large part of what brought me to Geneva. I thought I’d pay it forward a little, and perhaps inspire some other potential college students to come check out Geneva. I like singing and serving the Lord, and [NewSong] wraps it up into one nice package.
Final meal if you were on death row?
Crossroads Pizza (Carrolton, Ohio). And a quart of mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.
Mmm… pizza and ice-cream…
What do you do for relaxation or fun?
I have a model railroad that I like to work on and build up and make stop-motion movies with them. I like collecting [models of] locomotives from the 1940s.
The PRR K4s:
And the NYC J3a Hudson:
One little-known fact about you?
I am a fan of the Comic Sans font. And not using Oxford commas.
The much-maligned Comic Sans?
One song from NewSong’s current repertoire that gets stuck in your head?
Favorite Bible hero/verse/book/etc.?
1 Corinthians would be my favorite book. It speaks against sectarianism and presents the Gospel in a loving manner, with the great love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 and great Resurrection chapter of 1 Corinthians 15. My favorite Bible hero is Jonah, because it shows God’s mercy and redemption at work.
The even-numbered movies of the Star Trek series. Go see #2, The Wrath of Khan, if you’ve never seen any of the Star Trek movies.
What would you most want people to remember you for?
Devotion to God; love of God and others. Also having a really large model train set.
Comic Sans: http://www.onicedesign.it/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/you-are-now-thinking-in-comic-sans.jpg
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Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream: chocolatecoveredkatie.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/vegan-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-recipe.jpg