Director of Communications
In 2018, Tom retired from the news media after a 40-year career in print and digital daily journalism, which began as a business reporter in Chicago in 1979.
Born in New Jersey, son of a fire chief and raised Roman Catholic, Tom accepted the Lord at the age of 7. He then began a "Methobapterian" journey in which he was led to Norman Vincent Peale; Methodist and Baptist churches; C.S. Lewis; and finally, to where he found his spiritual home, in the Reformed tradition of the Presbyterian confession. He and his wife, Louise, have been members of Beverly Heights since 1994.
A graduate of Allegheny College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Tom was on the staff for 13 years of The Wall Street Journal in Pittsburgh and Germany (before the Berlin Wall fell, which he covered for The Journal). He then worked 25 years for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as a senior manager in the newsroom and on the business side in content, digital strategy, marketing and audience development.
A photography project he supervised while assistant managing editor for features of the Post-Gazette won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Tom is the author of "At Any Cost: Jack Welch, General Electric, and the Pursuit of Profit." He taught journalism, writing and multimedia storytelling for two decades at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities.
But the biggest prize is finding his calling as a communicator of Good News. “It’s the dream of a lifetime to be part of the superb team Pastor Nate has assembled here and to be serving Jesus Christ,” he says. He also loves his new 2-minute commute.
Tom is a huge fan of author C.S. Lewis (about whom he has written an unpublished manuscript). He reads, plays tennis and does Pilates in his spare time.
An Elder and past member of Session, he teaches in the Adult Christian Education program, which he supervises as part of his duties. He sings in the adult choir along with Louise, a teacher in the church’s preschool.
They are the parents of Brendan; Erin Westgate (whose husband is Scott); and Cara Webster. Cara and husband Ben are members of Beverly Heights. They have two children: son Charlie; and daughter Mae Louise, named after Tom's mother Mae and wife Louise. She was born Aug. 6, 2019, the day before grandmother "Omi" (aka Louise) celebrates her birthday.