Retired Marine Corps officer, pastor, and western Oklahoma’s most prolific author Tom Spence will be at the Full Circle Bookstore on Saturday, 20 February 2016 for a book signing from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tom will have several of his titles, but the featured book will be Throw Away Kids: Are we concerned enough to get involved?
Tom will also feature his novel set with an end times background, Even the Elect as well as a good down home baseball story for the children—Tough Day at the Plate.
The Full Circle Bookstore is Oklahoma City’s largest independent book store and is located in 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.
Tom’s books may be viewed at this author page at Tate Publishing or for a larger selection, view his author page at Amazon.com.
Tom Spence is a retired United States Marine Corps officer. He served in command and staff positions in all 4 Marine Divisions, at Marine Corps Schools in Quantico Virginia as both student and instructor, as a series commander at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, and as a program manager for Marine Corps training systems and simulators around the world. Tom also served one tour training Marine Reservists in Des Moines, Iowa.
His service took him to Marine Bases on the East Coast, West Coast, Japan, the Philippines, and Korea. He has served in Iraq and Kuwait, and has nearly a year serving aboard U.S. Naval vessels in areas north of the Arctic Circle, in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Central America, and the Pacific.
Tom is a graduate of Mangum High School and Oklahoma State University. He continued his education while in the Marine Corps and during retirement with American College, Minneapolis, Minnesota; American University, Covina California; Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; and Memphis Theological Seminary.
In 2008 he was called to ministry and was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 2010. He continues to serve as pastor of the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He recently returned from his second trip to Africa to train pastors and church leaders in Kenya and Uganda.
Tom also serves as an officer and chair on the Board of the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.
Tom has published over 20 books including Throw Away Kids—a call for Christian parents to lead those who have abandon the role of parents back to this sacred calling; and PoMo Poverty—a look at modern poverty in America and what we can do about it right now without creating an entitlement mentality.
Tom’s favorite book is Acceptance of Authority. This is for the person that had to spend an hour in detention, has received multiple speeding tickets, or has landed in prison for the next 20 years. Tom guides the reader through what so many have lost sight of with respect to the value of authority in modern society.
Tom is married to the former Sharman Oliveri of Beaufort, South Carolina. Tom and Sharman have two children and two grandchildren.