Obama Administration calls alumnus Phil Tom

04-05-2010 by

Geoff Ashmun

The Reverend Phil Tom (M.Div., Class of 1976), former trustee, and former advisory team member for the AADVENT Project at McCormick, has begun working for the Obama Administration as Director for the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives for the Department of Labor. In this capacity, Tom will help build partnerships with faith-based and community groups to improve the lives of workers, particularly in the areas of livable wages and working conditions.

Prior to his appointment, Tom served as Associate for Small Church and Community Ministry in the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), serving rural and urban Presbyterian congregations since 2000. Before joining the General Assembly Mission Council in Louisville, Tom was pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

McCormick Theological Seminary is a recognized leader in preparing women and men for Christian ministries that promote justice and reconciliation by offering a brand of theological education that is urban, cross-cultural, ecumenical, and Reformed. Read more on its programs and degree offerings, including the M.A. in Urban Ministry.