My name is Tom Francey. I started attending Bethany in 1962 as a rambunctious 5- year-old boy. At that time, my parents had been recently introduced to Christianity through a neighbour’s invitation to a home Bible study and were looking for a church home. My father always had a strong sense of social justice which he discovered could only be found in Jesus. They found the St. Catharines United Missionary Church, now known as Bethany Community Church, to be a welcoming place.
In 1980, I married Shirley and we have 4 children – Julie, Heather, Laura (who is married to Geoff) and Kyle. We also have a dog and two grand-dogs.
My involvement with Bethany has been extensive. I was on the original church building committee when we moved to our present location. I knew nothing about building or construction. I have been a member of the board of overseers several times through out the years, taught Sunday school, ran the mid-week children’s program, been in small groups, but my passion has always been to work with the next generation as a teacher and mentor. I am currently involved with Bethany Youth Nation and Young Adults.
I retired from Bethesda in 2014 after a 34-year career working with adults who have an intellectual disability. I held the position of Behaviour therapist. I felt blessed in my job as I was able to do what I loved by helping individuals and families. In my retired life, I am involved in a number of volunteer opportunities resulting from my employment.
My hobbies include cycling, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
My goal as a board member is to see Bethany continue to show the love and grace of Jesus to our community in a meaningful and relevant way and creating a safe yet nurturing environment within our church community.