Thomas and Laura worked as community development professionals, college ministry leaders, and church plant workers for a combined 15+ years before getting married in 2022. Thomas has extensive experience in West and North Africa, Spain, France, and within immigrant communities in the American Midwest. Laura has worked with students in both Chicago and Ukraine. They love to encourage, listen, create, and share Jesus in close relationships. Thomas and Laura look forward to collaborating with the local church in Edinburgh, Scotland and partnering with local efforts to provide resources and opportunities within the neighbourhood of Leith, particularly to marginalized populations. They look forward to contributing to the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Scotland.
I am passionate about friendship – about appreciating people and their stories. And after years of experience as a student minister in the US and Ukraine, I am now pursuing further education to help people explore their unique stories and move forward with freedom. In both my personal and professional life, I want to see healthy relationships leading to exchange, insight, growth, and healing.
I love meeting people, learning new languages and cultures, and connecting both people and places. I have worked in education, academic research, teaching, and community development. I enjoy writing, teaching, serving, and listening to and sharing stories, especially with those on the margins of society. I want to see friends grow into the person Jesus is molding them to be.