Who is Tom Fodi?

 Husband. Father. Pastor. Chaplain.

Entrepreneur. Community Builder.

20161104_193938-01Born and raised in the Steel City, I grew up in a culture forged with loyalty, tenacity, ingenuity, and a healthy dose of unabashed pride. In 2001, I graduated from Northgate High School convinced I was headed for a life following in the footsteps of many in my family by serving in the military. All that changed when I experienced the life-transforming, liberating message of Jesus.

Desperate to know more about this God I previously avoided, I walked away from a full-tuition scholarship to the Virginia Military Institute and instead paid for my own education at Johnson University and discovered an affinity for pastoral ministry and teaching. After earning my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Preaching and Pastoral Leadership from Johnson University, I immediately headed to Emmanuel Christian Seminary to complete my Masters of Divinity. The MDiv led to my formal ordination into the ministry and, before I knew it, I was not only serving in various forms of professional ministry, I was commissioned as a chaplain in the US Air Force.

military1In 2011, I voluntarily deployed for an extended tour of duty at a pivotal time in the War on Terrorism assisting with the historic mass exodus of allied forces from war-torn Iraq. It was during this experience and my time in the Air Force much of what I believed to be true about war, peace, liberty, authority, and the use of force dramatically changed. The war changed me, but thankfully it changed me for the better.

20161015_140003-01Since separating from the military, my life’s work has been dedicated to chasing faith and freedom, both temporal and eternal, advocating for the growth and health of my community, and celebrating the joy of life with those I love most. Today, I am a husband and father before all else. I am a bivocational pastor serving an amazing faith community called The Hills Church. We like to consider ourselves a “fresh expression of God’s love for Pittsburgh.” Throughout the week I serve as a hospice chaplain for Bethany Hospice, providing spiritual care for Pittsburgh area hospice patients. I am an entrepreneur with three startups under my belt thus far. I am also active in community leadership and local politics, currently serving as the President of Council for the Borough of Bellevue, PA.

In the little bit of free time I find, I enjoy exploring the world around me, both near and far. I love driving. I’m an avid photographer and recreational drone pilot (I fly a DJI Mavic Pro). I am a passionate Pittsburgh sports fan. I find serenity sitting on my porch listening to the sound of my children play while slowly sipping a finely aged bourbon or a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.

Life is good and worth living abundantly. I hope to use this outlet as a means to encourage, inspire, and challenge others to take life by the horns and be the man or woman God created them to be. Thanks for checking out my website!