Grace Baptist Church
- Phone: (239) 772-1400
- Mailing Address: 1300 Ceitus Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Tom has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. His major field of study was Baptist Theology. He has been an adjunct professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in their SW Florida extension and has also taught systematic theology and pastoral theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, respectively. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
Tom serves as the Executive Director of Founders Ministries, an organization committed to reformation and revival in local churches. He edits the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written numerous articles for journals and magazines. He is a regular contributor to TableTalk. He has also edited and contributed to several books. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries in addition to writing for the Founders Blog and Examiner.com. He also blogs at tomascol.com
Tom enjoys riding motorcycles and, though he currently is "in between bikes," lives with the hope that one day he will have his own Harley. He and Donna have ten children, including 3 sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law. They also have seven grandchildren.
Jared serves as Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. A born-and-raised-Floridian, he lived in Central Florida before moving to Southwest Florida to finish a BS degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received an Mdiv degree and a PhD in Biblical Spirituality. He and his wife, Heather, have five children, three boys (Hudson, Fuller and Winslow) and two girls (Livia and Scarlett).
Jared likes reading, coffee, and taking his wife out on dates. He grew up playing sports and played baseball in college. Although his glory days are behind him, he still enjoys the occasional pick up game. Events from the glory days may appear larger in the mirror than they really are. You can follow his blog at jaredlongshore.com
John Swaska has lived in Florida for over 40 years. At 16 he heard the Word of God for the first time and God opened his heart to believe. He is now over fifty years old and is amazed at how kind God has been to him and his family. He and his wife Cindy have been married since 1989. They have five adopted kids from age 19 to 10. Since 1995 John has owned and operated his own company. He enjoys his job greatly (most days). John and Cindy joined Grace Baptist in 2003 where he has served as a deacon prior to becoming a lay elder. In his spare time he enjoys dates with his wife and family movie nights.
Don Kiah and his wife Rita retired to Florida from Maryland in 2012. They have been married for 33 years, have two children and three grandchildren. Their primary desire after arriving in Florida was to find a home church. After praying that God would direct them to their new church where they could continue to grow through the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine and discipleship and fellowship with a body of believers, they were amazed at the quick confirmation that Grace Baptist was where they needed to be. Don and Rita joined Grace Baptist in April of 2013. Since that time, they have been blessed to lead and be a part of many discipleship opportunities at the church. Don became a lay elder in April 2017. Don and Rita are thankful, since their relocation, to be in a close proximity and enjoy precious family time with their parents and daughter and youngest grandchild. Don enjoys reading and studying the Word, joining together with other church family for fellowship, and brisk morning walks. He and his wife enjoy their time together and seek to appreciate daily all that God has granted them to be at this place at this time for His glory.