Tom Friedrichs, Pastor
Pastor Tom was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, NY. He attended the School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C. and is a 1988 graduate of Messiah College. He has been a Graphic Designer and Art Director. Pastor Tom entered full-time ministry in 1991 and has since served as Executive Director of Central Connecticut Youth for Christ, Youth Pastor, Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach, Lead Pastor in Vermont, and now Lead Pastor here at City on a Hill Church. He is ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Pastor Tom and his wife Karen have three sons, Joshua, Benjamin, and Noah. He enjoys reading, playing guitar and song writing, art, and the outdoors.
Tom’s personal mission statement is, “I will bring glory to God by living a life of positive impact. I will be an authentic and vital follower of Jesus Christ who invests in his family, friends, the Church, the community and the world to move them toward God’s best for them.”
“I am so excited to see God overflowing from the lives of normal people into their community and the world in a transforming way!”
Raymond Bender, Elder
Raymond grew up in Stuarts Draft, VA and Bealeton, VA. He attended Northern Virginia Community College and the Medical College of Virginia, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in health administration. Raymond and his wife own and operate Our Father’s House, an assisted-living facility for the elderly. It is their mission to provide the elderly with the highest degree of honor as they minister to their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
Raymond and his wife Sharon have seven children and one grandson, who was miraculously healed by our Lord after having essentially no immune system shortly after birth. Raymond enjoys hiking, landscaping, watching Fox news, and writing articles for the Readers View section of the newspaper.
Raymond’s passion is to help his children and others to experience a personal encounter with Jesus. Raymond believes people not only need a knowledge of God, but, rather to meet and experience Jesus just as the two disciples encountered Him on the road to Emmaus.
Raymond’s favorite Scripture passage is Isaiah 61:1-3, “The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of morning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”