Paradise Lutheran Church Staff
Pastor Tom Mitchell
Pastor Tom was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He got his undergraduate degree at Furman University and did his seminary education at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Pastor Tom is married to his wife Jaci, and has a daughter named Jo. In his spare time, Pastor Tom enjoys spending time with his dog and two cats, making ice cream, and throwing knives.
Coming from a large Catholic family of 10 children, the “block” was our community. Many happy memories were made at St. Thomas Aquinas Grammar School (recently closed), Cardinal Spellman High School and Lehman College, all in The Bronx. I met and married my former husband and we moved to St. Pete in 2000 to be near my family and to raise his two young children, Peruvian citizens, now 30 and 32 years old. A small business owner for 24 years, now semi-retired, I am very happy to be working part-time here at Paradise Lutheran Church. My intention is to bring all I’ve learned in graphics and organization/communication to my new job as Office Manager.
Music Director / Organist
Gail is our very talented music director. She manages our church choir and the worship/music committee.