Making known the Mystery of God
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- Colossians 1:25-27
Tom and Lisa Ponchak have a passion for leading people to living lives filled with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. They encourage others to fully live out the graces received through Baptism and Confirmation in a way that transforms marriages, families, and other relationships in the light of the love of God. The Ponchaks have been involved in ministry to youth, young adults, couples, and families for over 25 years.
Tom and Lisa met at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where Tom received a degree in theology and Lisa a degree in mental health and human services. After spending a few years in ministry in Catholic parishes and schools the Ponchaks left the Catholic Church in 1997 to join the Vineyard, an association of evangelical, non-denominational churches. They eventually started Matthew’s House, a house church in Lakeland, Florida. A hunger for the Eucharist and sacraments brought the Ponchaks back into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2007.
Tom is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, a parish of 4,000 families in central Indiana. He occasionally blogs at CasualTheology.com and also writes for the website CatholicMarriagePrep.com and his writing has also been featured by Chastity.com, CatholicAnswers.com, Catholic365.org, and WhyImCatholic.com. You can see some of Tom's parish presentations on OLMC's YouTube channel.
Lisa is involved with various parish ministries and homeschools one of their children. She blogs at BeautifulThorns.com. She has also had her writing featured on Catholic365.org and in the print edition of Shalom Tidings magazine.
The Ponchaks have been married for over 26 years and have six children ranging in ages from six to twenty-five years old.