Dr. Tom Wallace

Dr. Tom Wallace

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Dr. Wallace was born August 22, 1930, in Odd, West Virginia, the second of six children. His parents were Lonnie and Reba Wallace of Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania. He was married to Janith May Farr of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, from 1950 until her death in 2002. They have four children: Debbie, Tom Jr., Tim, and Donna. Debbie is married to David Hicks, who serves as Administrator of the Colonial Hills Christian School in Lithia Springs, Georgia. They have two sons, Mark and Derek. Tom Jr. is married to Kayla. He is an accountant in Dallas, Texas. He has two sons, Tommy and Timmy. Tim is married to Becky. He is pastor of Grace Bible Church, Rainbow City, Alabama. They have one son, Nate. Donna is married to Bruce Barton, pastor of Central Baptist Church, Panama City, Florida. They have three children: Bradley, Brady, and Joanna.

Dr. Wallace remarried on August 7, 2004, to the former Mary Cluck of Athens, Tennessee. Mary's husband went to heaven just 2 months after Jan's death. Mary and Dr. Wallace were introduced to each other through a mutual friend, Dr. Don Sisk. Bro. Sisk had led Mary and her late husband to the Lord in the early '60s. Mary has 2 children: Debbi and Tammie. Debbi is married to Tom Gerdt, and they have 4 children: David, Sam, Gabe, and Bonnie. The Gerdts live in Athens, Tennessee, and are very active in Fairview Baptist Church. Tammie is married to Dr. John Swangim and has one daughter, Sarah. They make their home in Porter, Indiana, and serve the Lord in Fairhaven Baptist Church. Dr. Wallace and Mary are living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and travel together in the ministry.

Dr. Wallace was saved at General Motors Assembly Plant in Wilmington, Delaware. He began preaching in the noon services at the plant and preached there until leaving for Bible College. He served on the Staff of Highland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Dr. Lee Roberson for two years. (1953 and 1954)

Education and Honors:
1948 - Graduated from Kennett Consolidated High School, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
1954 - Graduated from Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee (B.A.)
1971 - Received honorary Doctor of Divinity from Bob Jones University
1994 - Received honorary Doctor of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist University
2003 - Received honorary Doctor of Divinity from Canadian Baptist Bible College

He pastored 3 great churches during his ministry:
    Baptist Bible Church of Elkton, Maryland, 1954 to 1971
    Beth Haven Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky, 1971 to 1986
    Franklin Road Baptist from September 1, 1991, to January 2000
Pastor emeritus of Franklin Road Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from 2000 to present

Some of the other accomplishments are listed below:
Active in radio work for over 30 years
Published two church papers, "The Visitor" and "The Beam," for the same period
Founder and past president of Elkton Christian Schools, Elkton, Maryland, (K-12)
Founder and past president of Beth Haven Christian Schools, Louisville, Kentucky, (K-12)
President of Franklin Road Christian Schools, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, (K-12) 1991 to 2000
Established a Bus Ministry in Elkton, Maryland, that grew to 18 routes
Expanded Bus ministry at Beth Haven Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, to 42 routes
Tripled attendance at Louisville Church in first 2 years. High of 5450
Led the Baptist Bible Church, Elkton, Maryland, through eight major building programs
Led the Beth Haven Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, in building a 3300-seat auditorium
Led Franklin Road Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in building a new educational building
Major renovation of 3 other buildings, and purchase of two additional properties
Past president of International Fellowship of Fundamentalists
Served as president of Board of Directors of BIMI for 8 years
Vice-President of the "Sword of the Lord," Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Vice-President of Beacon World Missions
Executive Board of Frontline Fellowship

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