Tom Letchworth, General Evangelist
Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The son of an Air Force chaplain, Tom has lived all over the world — Air Force bases in Ohio, France, Maine, Spain, Japan and California.
Tom received the call to ministry while he was a member of Yucaipa UMC in California, where he started the candidacy process. He was introduced to Arkansas through his seminary internship at Pulaski Heights UMC and thus completed his candidacy requirements with the Little Rock Conference.
Tom was ordained an Elder in the Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1985. He has served Marion UMC in Marion, Arkansas (2011-2015), First UMC in Paragould (2007-2011), St. Paul UMC in Searcy (2002-2007), First UMC in West Memphis (1995-1998), Salem UMC in Benton (1985-1995); and St. James UMC in Little Rock as associate pastor (1983-1985).
As a full-time local pastor in the beginning of his ministry, he served the Morrilton Parish (1980-1981). While attending seminary, he served the Maypearl/Venus charge in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He received a Master’s of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology in May, 1983.
From 1999 to 2002 Tom was appointed a General Evangelist, during which time he added dramatic presentations to his sermons and preached/taught workshops in Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
On July 1, 2015, he was once again appointed a General Evangelist from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Tom and his wife, Celeste, have written full-length plays published by Lillenas Drama (Nazerene Publishing House): Mysteries With a Message, Volumes I and II; and Meet Me at Luigi’s.
The Letchworths are also the proud “authors” of Sam, a creative writing graduate of the University of Arkansas who is teaching English as a Second Language in Guri, South Korea; and Joe, a music graduate of Asbury University who is currently a graduate assistant in the music theory department at Eastern Kentucky University.