Tom and Lisa Ponchak graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. After spending the first few years of their marriage working in youth ministry and religious education they left the Catholic Church. For ten years they were members of a non-denominational, evangelical church movement. They planted and pastored an alternative house church called Matthew's House Vineyard in central Florida.
In 2007, they returned to full communion with the Catholic Church and have been actively involved in various parish ministries. Tom and Lisa are both members of the Domestic Expression of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a public association of the faithful emphasizing Franciscan and monastic spirituality. They have been married for over twenty years and live in central Florida with their six children.