New RUM Coordinator Announced
October 04, 2013
The RUM Permanent Committee is pleased to announce the nomination of Reverend Thomas Cannon to serve as the next Coordinator of Reformed University Ministries, pending approval by the General Assembly.
"If elected by the General Assembly, I believe that RUF can help shape tomorrow's generation of leaders, church members, and culture shapers," Tom said. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Tom attended the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in Speech Communication in 1982. He met his wife, Dawn James of Florence, SC, at USC and they married in 1985. Married 27 years, they enjoy three grown children: Grace Cannon Converse 23 (Ashton Converse), James 22, and Noah 20. "I am humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve a ministry that has meant so much to me since 1981 as a student at the University of South Carolina," Tom commented. Rod Mays, RUM Coordinator said, "Having known Tom for more than 20 years, and having worked closely with him on several projects, I look forward to the transition and the effective leadership that Tom will bring to RUF and our denomination."
Upon marriage, Tom and Dawn attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS graduating in 1988. Following his graduation from RTS, Tom and Dawn moved to Melbourne, Australia where he served as a church planter and a campus minister for ten years in the Presbyterian Church of Australia. They moved from Melbourne to accept a call from the Village Church in New York City, working with the Metro New York Presbytery to establish an RUF ministry at New York University. Serving there from 1997 to 2001, Tom also acted as RUF Northeastern Area Coordinator and Associate Pastor at the Village Church. From NYU the Cannon's moved to Savannah, GA to pastor students with RUF at Savannah College of Art and Design in coordination with Independent Presbyterian Church. Following seven years of campus ministry there, Tom accepted a call to Red Mountain Church in Birmingham, AL in 2008. He served at Red Mountain through August, 2013. Tom is a devoted husband, father, and USC Gamecocks fan while remaining a dogged Philadelphia sports fan. "I can only hope to continue the faithful and effective leadership of Rod Mays. It is my desire to serve faithfully the Presbyterian Church in America in this exciting, vital ministry in the Kingdom of God," Tom remarked.