Tim was born in the Chicagoland area, where he was an Awana clubber for six years. Sherry was born in Huntsville, Alabama. They met and married in Pensacola, Florida in 1981. Later that same year they volunteered to be Awana leaders when their church started a new club.
Prior to becoming missionaries, they lived in central Florida for 20 years where Tim was employed in the computer industry and Sherry worked as an interpreter for the Deaf and taught classes, while also home schooling their four children.
For 25 years they served as Awana Leaders, Directors, Commanders, and Ministry Team Members when in the summer of 2004, they were asked to be the volunteer, interim missionaries for central Florida when the missionary resigned. During that year, they saw God leading them into full-time service as Awana missionaries. They were accepted as missionaries in 2005 and began serving in southern Wisconsin in 2006.
The Thomas children have all been Awana clubbers, and are all Citation Award recipients. Kyle, along with his parents, received his Citation in 2009 at Summit in North Carolina.
David is 38, married and lives in Deltona, Florida and owns a machine shop. His wife, Sarah, is a pharmacist. They have two daughters, Alanna and Lillian
Wendy is 36. She and her husband Nick, live near Denver, Colorado with their three boys, Evan, Forrest, and Dawson. Both Wendy and Nick are radiology technicians.
Stephen (33) and his wife Joanna also live in Deltona, Florida. They have three children, Abigail, Hannah, and Andrew. They are also Awana leaders in their church.
Kyle is 28, married to Lenie and they have a two daughters, Kayla and Kelsey. Kyle works for a confection company in Watertown, WI
L-R: Tim, Art Rorheim, Kyle, Richard Yandle, Sherry
As Awana missionaries we share your passion to reach children and families in your community.
In addition to “Reaching boys & girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve Him”, Awana missionaries work alongside local churches to:
Advocate children’s ministry by being a resource for pastors and church leaders
Start, train, and support local Awana clubs
Partner with the local church to ensure maximum outreach in the community
Recruit, train and mentor volunteers and lay leaders in local churches
Manage a team of volunteers that conducts Awana events
Sharpen the teaching and shepherding skills of the adults that work with children
Answers to Questions in Awana Books:
Where do you work? We work in Southern Wisconsin. What is your job? We help churches start Awana clubs, and we help existing Awana clubs by providing training & advice. We also do the events – AwanaGames, Bible Quizzing, etc.