- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Tom Hiscox is serving in the Portland, Oregon area, home to numerous InFaith churches and ministries that spread across five counties in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Most of these ministries serve lower to middle income families from diverse religious backgrounds. Oregon has long been cited as one of the “least churched” states in the nation, yet InFaith’s active presence here has been part of a strong stand for Christ, sharing His love in a rapidly-changing society.
Many of the local churches around the Portland area are smaller fellowships, more susceptible to decline in times of social and economic confusion. The Lord sustains these fellowships through cooperative ministry with other parts of the body of Christ. There is a need for interconnectedness among ministries and churches, to both strengthen the existing ministries and find new ways to reach out into the surrounding communities.
After seeing the need in his community, Tom began to serve as an area missionary in several communities in Northwest Oregon. He describes himself as being a “Barnabas,” encouraging, equipping, advising, and assisting pastors and leaders of the 20+ small churches and mission points affiliated with InFaith in the Portland area. “By working with church leaders and local congregations, I hope to facilitate the growth of cooperative ministry and fellowship,” Tom explains.
The goal is for this interconnectedness to lead to creative outreaches in unreached and underserved communities.
Tom became an approved candidate with InFaith in June 2017.
Tom's involvement in ministry and leadership in InFaith-affiliated churches began when the Lord brought his family to Oregon in 1993, where he served as a ministry volunteer and was later called to pastor small rural churches, which he has been doing for more than thirteen years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland.
Tom’s wife, Caroline, is a gifted worship leader with a full-time ministry in local public schools, teaching English to children from multilingual households. The Hiscoxes have four adult children, two granddaughters, and a friendly yellow Labrador retriever.