Rev. Tom Berlin has more than 28 years of experience in the local church. A graduate of Virginia Tech (B.S.) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia (M.Div.), he has served small, medium and large congregations in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In his current appointment Tom serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, Virginia. His interests are preaching, teaching and church renewal and vitality.
An exciting part of Floris’ international outreach has been the establishment of the Child Rescue Centre for children affected by child labor and trafficking and Mercy Hospital in partnership with the Sierra Leone Annual Conference.
Tom serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He led the Virginia clergy delegation to the United Methodist General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Tom has co-authored three books with Lovett Weems, Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results, Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance and Bear More Fruit and High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader, all published by Abingdon Press. He is also the author of several small group studies: 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life, 6 Things We Should Know About God, and 6 Ways We Encounter God. Tom’s latest books and related resource materials, Defying Gravity: Break Free From the Culture of More and The Generous Church, were released in Spring 2016 by Abingdon Press. Look for Restored to be released by Abingdon in 2017.
Tom is married to Karen Loughry Berlin. They have four daughters: Rebekah, Kathryn, Hannah and Sarah.