Pastors Tom and Denise Rawls
Tom and Denise are a committed couple with a passionate desire to see the salvation of our city and beyond; to build a local church of significance and influence.
Both ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God, Australia they have a legacy of pioneering cutting-edge churches in Australia, and an extensive background in world missions throughout Asia across a 30 year career.
They have been living in Norwich now since July 2003; and are loving it!
Tom was born in Lakeland Florida USA and moved to Australia when he was 11 years old. At the age of 17 he became a Christian and later attended Commonwealth Bible College (now Alphacrucis College) and graduated with a diploma in Bible and Theology. He began ministering on a full time basis in January 1979.
Tom is a direct, incisive and entertaining speaker. He has a clear gift for applying biblical principles to everyday life in a profound and poignant way. His messages build upon and apply the principles of scripture to see spiritual growth and personal development
Tom is an inspiring communicator. He has a sense of accessibility and challenge as he preaches. He is known for developing great leaders, challenging people in their personal development and building great churches that have stood the test of time.
Tom’s preaching gift has taken him literally around the world over his 30+ years of ministry. He is well known in Australia and has travelled extensively throughout Asia, working in over 15 different countries. He is a church planter, a church builder and father in the faith to many.
In 12 years Tom planted 8 churches across Australia, including Alice Springs, Horsham and Destiny Church in Moorabbin, Melbourne.
Tom’s preaching has taking him to many churches, conferences, pastor’s gatherings, youth camps and bible schools throughout Australia and New Zealand.
From 1991 – 2003 Tom and Denise served oversees as a missionaries primarily based in Bangkok, Thailand. Tom spent 9 years working with AOG World Missions Australia and 3 years with World Vision.
He served as Field Leader for Thailand for 2 years and as Regional Director for 5 years. This work took him primarily to Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and around the Asia region. He also ministered in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
In 2003 Tom and Denise arrived in Norwich, England to pastor Proclaimers. The church was first founded in the early 1990s by Dr Bob Gordon who was well known for his apostolic teaching ministry and the seeds of greatness were planted in the church.
Today Proclaimers is an exciting place with lots of young adults connecting with God. The church is characterised by its great music, innovative media, passionate praise and moving worship. Every week people are connecting with God through what is happening at Proclaimers.
Tom is also an author and his book ‘Relentless: A Renaissance Theology for the 21st Century Church helps readers grasp the true potential of the Church and see afresh its significance and influence on a world. To order a copy of the paperback or Kindle edition use this link. Find it here.