Tom Gildemeister 94T has been appointed Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Candler, effective September 8, 2009. Since graduation from Candler, Tom has
Completed a year-long CPE program at Emory Hospital
Served as associate pastor at City Road Chapel UMC in Nashville
Served as senior pastor of Cook's Memorial UMC in Mt. Juliet, TN
Served since 2001 as senior pastor of Christ UMC in Franklin, TN.
With Tom's leadership, the membership at Christ UMC has nearly doubled from 500 to 950, worship attendance increased 85%, the operating budget increased 165%, existing debt was reduced from $1.1 million to $350,000, and $2.7 million was raised in a $4.75 million capital expansion.
Tom's service to community is extensive and includes serving as
In addition to graduating summa cum laude from Candler as a Woodruff Fellow, Tom is an honors graduate of the University of Virginia and is pursuing a D.Min. degree in pastoral psychotherapy from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Before enrolling at Candler he worked as a political consultant and in real estate development.