Mount Pisgah Christian School is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Tom Wood as Director of Advancement. Tom comes to Mount Pisgah with 30 years of experience in fundraising and leadership within the education, foundation and the non-profit sectors. He started his career at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he was involved in one of the first successful billion-dollar campaigns in the country. He and his wife, Sherry, moved to Atlanta in 1990, where Wood led the fundraising efforts at three Christian organizations including the In Touch Foundation with Dr. Charles Stanley, Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef and Whitfield Academy for the past 15 years.
Tom has also consulted with a number of independent schools, ministries and non-profit organizations across the country, most recently with Families First, a foster care agency in Georgia. Wood received his Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Moody Bible Institute and earned his Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Kennesaw State University. He is known nationally for the work he has done in non-profit fundraising. Mount Pisgah Head of School Ruston Pierce shares, “We are very fortunate to hire a man of his caliber to lead our advancement efforts. I am excited to work with Tom, and I know his character will be a perfect fit in the Mount Pisgah community.”
Mr. Wood had this to say about his philosophy of advancement, “I was fortunate as a young man to have been mentored by several godly men who taught me that raising money is as much a ministry as the work of the organization. They instilled in me the importance of creating personal relationships with your supporters, having the mindset of the Apostle Paul when he wrote, “Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.”
Tom and Sherry have two college-age children and Sherry teaches children with special needs at Teasley Elementary, a Cobb County public school. “Sherry and I have faced many challenges in our lives, but one of the most demanding has been parenting our two children in a post 9/11 world. The best decision we ever made was sending our children to Christ-centered private schools. Both schools provided faculty and coaches who invested in their lives far beyond the classroom and playing field. I have worked with many organizations and ministries over the year and nothing is as important as the work of a school in partnering with parents to develop boys and girls into godly men and women. I am excited at what I see God doing at Mount Pisgah under Ruston Pierce’s leadership and I am honored to have an opportunity to partner with this community in training the next generation of leaders.”
Tom Wood will start working full time at the beginning of September, yet will be with us part-time for the month of August as he transitions into this role.