After high school graduation in 1988, Tom Maxwell studied nuclear power on a scholarship and entered the nuclear industry in the field of Radiation Protection. During this time, he learned about emergency planning, firefighting, and became a licensed EMT. Later, in his nuclear career, he became a certified Nuclear Training Instructor. Together, these skills would become helpful when he and his family moved to the northern mountains of the Philippines to serve as missionaries with Youth With A Mission.
Tom visited the Mountain Province Fire Department and realized how underequipped the department was. He organized the donation and shipment of several boxes of used fire gear from local departments. Following Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013, he organized and trained the PHILEO Disaster Response Team composed of missionaries in the Philippines. In 2015, he went to Kathmandu, Nepal to help following the earthquake. More recently, Tom was able to arrange for similar shipments to the Benguet Provincial Fire Department in the Philippines and to the Fire Force of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
After returning from the Philippines, Tom felt the Holy Spirit prompting him to study more deeply. In 2017, Tom enrolled at Bethel and completed his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies that same year. The same December day he completed his last final exam, he was called to interview at College Park Missionary Church and has served as pastor since. He is currently working toward his M.A. in Ministry degree at Bethel University.
Tom continues to serve in emergency services as a firefighter and the chaplain for the Niles Township Fire Department. He also returned to the Philippines in 2018 to facilitate training for the PHILEO team with his daughter, Annalise, who is a current Bethel student.
- Alumni Awards 2021