Antioch, TN—Thomas Ross McCullough, former missionary to France, entered his heavenly home around 7:00 a.m., August 11, 2017. After a long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer, the 66-year-old achieved victory Friday morning.
Appointed as missionaries in May 1979, Tom and his wife Patty departed for France in August 1980. After language school, they began their work in Rennes, France, with Joe and Barbara Haas. When the Haas family returned to the States for furlough (stateside assignment), the McCulloughs continued in Rennes. While there, the McCulloughs began a student ministry at the University of Rennes.
Later they moved to St. Nazaire to sustain that work while Jerry and Barbara Gibbs were on stateside assignment. The couple continued in St. Nazaire, working with Jerry and Barbara Gibbs and Patsy Vanhook.
The McCulloughs returned to the States in 1991when Patty was diagnosed with cancer. Patty’s battle with cancer led the couple to resign in 1995. Though embattled with recurring cancer and MS, Tom and Patty yearned to be involved in missions. Tom taught missions at Welch College, impacting the lives of hundreds of students.
Tom returned to his home church, Central Free Will Baptist (now Central Oaks Community Church), in Royal Oak, Michigan, to pastor. In 2004, the National Association of Free Will Baptists elected Tom to the Board of Free Will Baptist International Missions. Tom served faithfully until 2016, the maximum number of years allowed.
At age 51, Patty’s physical battles ended when she met her Savior in December 2004. Tom continued to pastor, mentoring young men to take the reins of both Central Oaks and Riverside Fellowship in Clinton Township.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, August 15, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home (2600 Crooks Road, Troy, Michigan 48084; 248-362-2500). A celebration of Tom’s life and ministry will be held at Central Oaks Community Church (2005 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073; 248-547-7755) at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16. The Family will receive visitors the hour before the service.
Tom leaves behind his son Ian, mother Grace, and sisters Peggy, Beth, and Debbie.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Tom and Patty McCullough Scholarship Fund for Mission Students at Welch College, c/o Freewill Baptist Foundation P.O. Box 5002 Antioch, TN 37013.
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