PRIORITY ONE DELAWARE VALLEY
Many men have never even been to a church, and thousands of others who are already church attendees are still largely disconnected from the Lord and from each other.
As a result, many men are overwhelmed, tired, distracted, are struggling in their marriages and families and are imprisoned by secret sin. This is certainly a far cry from the abundant life Jesus Christ claims He came to give us (John 10:10).
Priority One is a ministry devoted to introducing Christ into the lives of men, challenging them to make Him the foundational priority in every area of their lives.
We serve individuals and ministry leaders, equipping, encouraging and supporting them in their faith journey in tangible, meaningful ways.
WHAT WE DO
Priority One Delaware Valley works with men on many different levels. Primary to our
mission is one-on-one mentoring and discipleship. We are committed to helping men
grow in their spiritual lives and finding victory over their areas of struggle.
We also work with local churches to assist them with planning and implementing men’s small groups and discipleship programming. As a counselor, Tom also works with men struggling with pornography and sexual brokenness issues.
Director of Priority 1 Delaware Valley
Tom drove a tractor-trailer for 21 years logging nearly two million miles. God called him from that career into church leadership, where he served as an executive pastor, youth pastor and counselor for 14 years.
Tom graduated from Cairn University in 2003 with a degree in Bible and a Masters degree in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2008. He currently maintains a private practice.
Tom has worked with Life Counseling & Rehab After Work, gaining expertise in drug & alcohol rehab with adolescent & adults.
His focus in addiction has led him to serve men struggling with pornography addiction & sexual brokenness as one of the predominant issues facing the church today and in the future.
Tom has led 5 missions teams to Kenya, organizing water filter distributions, building projects and leadership training. Tom plans to introduce Priority One in the Nakuru area to help raise up leaders among the men and assist in pastoral training.
Through Tom's diverse career, the common thread has been a passion to see men find freedom and transformation through the power of Christ through one-on-one discipleship and small group ministry.
Next to his relationship with Jesus, Tom’s greatest joy is his 43-year marriage to Cindy. Tom and Cindy came to Christ in a dramatic conversion at age 24, already having nearly lost their marriage. Their hearts beat for people to deeply know Christ and the freedom He alone can bring to broken marriages and relationships.
They are long-time residents of Thornton, PA. They love spending time with their four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Tom's Del Val Core Team:
Albert Cochrane, Jim Hall, Rich Davis, John Heemer, Willie Hymel, Miles Orth, Joe Orso, Josh Shaffer, Larry Si, George Stewart
About PRIORITY ONE
We strive to introduce Christ into the lives of men, challenging them to make Him the foundational priority in all areas of their life.
Our mission: To encourage men to develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through the dynamics and relational aspects of small group ministry and personal discipleship, while developing positive relationships and spiritual leadership qualities in their families, workplaces, churches, and communities.
Priority One is a relational outreach ministry to men, utilizing the dynamics and relational aspects of small group ministry and personal discipleship to work directly with men… right where they are. Founded in 1981 as a small local ministry in PA, today the ministry extends throughout several Mid-Atlantic States.
Priority One carries out its vision and mission through various ministry initiatives, including personal involvement in men’s lives, intentional discipleship and relationship building, forming and developing small groups, sponsoring men’s weekend retreats and other events, and partnering with churches to assist in developing meaningful and effective men’s discipleship opportunities.
Priority One Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization, supported by the voluntary gifts of individuals, organizations, and local churches, and is audited annually.