Tom and Lisa were featured on the radio program "Living Witnesses with Mary Graham". You can hear the podcasts of the interviews by clicking on the link above.
Tom Ponchak graduated with a BA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. While in college, Tom served on the leadership team for various campus ministries. After graduation he worked as a parish youth minister in Maryland and a high school religion teacher in Michigan.
In 1997, Tom and Lisa left the Catholic Church and joined the Association of Vineyard Churches, a non-denominational, evangelical faith community. Tom spent time as a pastoral assistant and church planting intern in Michigan and Florida before he was commisssioned to plant a new Vineyard church in central Florida. Matthew's House Vineyard started in 2004 using an alternative, house church model. During this time Tom was involved in the Emerging Church movement and had several articles published in an online magazine called Next-Wave.
After ten years away from Catholicism, and longing for the Eucharist, he returned to the Church in 2007. He currently holds a master catechist certification from the Diocese of Orlando and is actively involved in the faith formation ministry at his parish. Tom blogs at CasualTheology.com and has also been featured on Catholic Answers' Chastity.com, Catholic365.org, and WhyImCatholic.com. Tom is currently the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish is Carmel, IN.
Lisa Ponchak grew up Catholic but when she was eighteen stopped believing in God, fell away from Church and got involved in the party scene. After a near death experience that led her on a quest for truth, Jesus revealed himself and his love to her in a powerful way through the Eucharist and a charismatic Catholic parish. Realizing this was the love she had always longed for, she gave God her life at the age of nineteen.
After a couple years at a community college, she transferred to the Franciscan University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services. Tom and Lisa married in 1993, have six children whom they also home school and reside in Central Florida.
Through many difficulties in life, the Lord has taught Lisa how to be still and rest in him. Lisa is passionate about sharing God’s love for others, resting in God, how to hear and discern God’s voice, and His true presence in the Eucharist.
Lisa blogs at BeautifulThorns.com and has been featured on Catholic365.org, the April/May 2015 print edition of Shalom Tidings Magazine, and was interviewed on Ignite Catholic Radio (starting around the 12 min mark of the podcast).