Dr. Thomas Dumser


Tom Dumser was born in Memphis, but with a father serving in the military he spent his early years in San Diego, California. By the time Tom was in high school, his family was back in Tennessee.

He graduated from Millington Central High School in Millington, Tennessee just north of Memphis. When Tom was 20 years old he trusted in Christ and accepted a call to the ministry. That call took him to Union University, where he earned a BA in sociology with a double minor in religion and psychology. Of equal importance to his future may have been the talented young woman he met while in college, Elise Crook.

Tom and Elise married and moved to Kansas City, where he received a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Theological Seminary. The young couple moved on to New Orleans, Louisiana. There Tom served as Associate Pastor for Education and Administration at St. Charles Avenue Baptist. Meanwhile Elise earned her Master of Church Music and Tom began to work on his Doctor of Theology. 

While Tom worked on his dissertation, they moved back to Tennessee, this time to Harrogate near the Cumberland Gap. After completing his doctorate, they moved to Nashville, where Tom served as pastor of Edgefield Baptist Church from 1989-1993.

By the time Tom and Elise moved to Lewisburg, they had three children, Lauren, Evan, and Nathan. All take after their parents and are talented musicians. The Dumser family has been a part of our church fellowship for the past 18 years.