GLOBAL MISSIONS EXECUTIVE, CHANGE LEADER, SERIAL PLANTER.
Tom loves planting ministries nationwide and internationally — planting campus ministries on the East Coast (Boston), a Christian Foundation and high-tech start-ups on the West Coast (Silicon Valley), a “church” planting movement in the Midwest, and an indigenously-led movement overseas (Mongolia).
After graduating from Harvard in 1994, Tom planted new InterVarsity chapters at Harvard and Boston University, worked as a HR Director of a Fortune 500 company, and served as a Leadership Pastor in San Francisco. From 2002-06, Tom planted and served as IFES Country Director of the Mongolian student movement. After moving back to the U.S., Tom served as Regional Director for the Central U.S., planting 16 new campus fellowships in 4 states, and overseeing the vision and strategic planning of the Region’s various ministries.
Currently, Tom serves as InterVarsity’s Vice President of Missions and Director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference. He leads a world-class team which oversees short-term urban projects, long-term collaborative partnerships in over 100 countries, recruitment and training of students and staff in missions, new global initiatives, and Urbana.
Tom also enjoys being a pioneer in the publishing world. He authored the first Asian American ministry book published by IVP, “Losing Face, Finding Grace" (1997), also published in Chinese (2008). Tom’s newest book, “Pursuing God’s Call" (IVP, 2012) launched as part of a new Urbana Onward Series (IVP, 2012), in which he served as co-editor. Tom is also a frequent conference speaker globally, a consultant for missions executives, and teacher for Perspectives courses.
Tom also currently serves as Lausanne International Deputy Director for North America, Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and on the Boards of Missio Nexus and Leadership and Legacy Foundation. Tom holds a M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has been consulted by leading media such as Christianity Today, The Wall Street Journal, Moody Radio, and Bott Radio Network. Follow him on Twitter at @tomlinnow.
Tom is happily married to Nancy, his Korean-American wife of 14 years. Together they love going on world adventures with their two daughters, Abby (9) and Olivia (7).