Tom Bates, Deacon
Deacon Tom writes:
I was born in Wolf Point, Montana and grew up in western Montana on Flathead Lake. I attended Montana State College where I met and married Jane. I graduated with a B.S. and a commission in the US Army. Jane and I spent 27 years in the Army. We had two daughters, Maddy and Robin. I have two master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, one in public administration and one in government. While in the Army I attended the Army Language School for Spanish; I was a senior parachutist with 50 jumps; served two tours in Vietnam; taught at the Command and General Staff College; commanded a battalion in Germany and ended my career with the rank of colonel as the Army Attaché to Argentina.
Jane and I came to Silver City in April of 1992 where I became the Town Manager until late 2001. After Silver City, I went to work for the City of Deming until retirement in 2009. I was ordained a deacon in July, 2001 after completing over three years of study with the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. In
2013, I was named National Deacon of the year – thanks to Father Paul and Bishop Vono. Jane and I were members of the Church of the Good Shepherd since 1992 and I have been its deacon since 2001. She passed away in 2019.
As deacon at the church of the Good Shepherd, I see my ministries for 2018 as four-fold:
1. To encourage parishioners to read the Bible through weekly Bible Study.
2. To help the poor and support the orphanage in Palomas by delivering used clothing for the poor, materials for making quilts to the Cooperative, by serving on the board for the orphanage and teaching English to the Elementary students.
3. To reach out to men and young men through the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The idea is to invite men to fellowship, breakfast and Morning Prayer. Our experience has been that once men get involved with the local BStA Chapter, they become more regular in church attendance and more involved in parish activities.
4. To assist the rector by involvement in the Worship Committee, Vestry, by writing grants and by assisting in preaching, administrative and celebrating responsibilities. I plan to continue to support the DRG as Diocesan Coordinator for the BStA and as a member of the Bishop’s Transition Committee.