Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration

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Come home to Shallowford and join us for a weekend celebration to honor and recognize 60 years of worship, fellowship, and faith at Shallowford Presbyterian Church! Our congregation will welcome home longtime member Rev. Tom Are, Jr., son of Shallowford’s former senior pastor, Rev. Tom Are.

Current and former members, family, staff, neighbors, and friends are invited to join us in celebration with as we recognize six memorable decades at Shallowford. Mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

Read the Sacred Space Article on our Six Decades of Faith & Grace

60th Anniversary Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Join us as we go back in time and travel through the decades “Shallowford-style” with dinner, dancing, and a brief program. Come and be a part of the many magical moments as we highlight events, services, activities, and special memories made through Shallowford over the years.

Sunday, August 5, 2018
Rev. Tom Are, Jr. will lead Sunday worship at 8:45 am in the Chapel and  11:00 am in the Sanctuary.  He will also lead  an all-church education hour from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in Heritage Hall on a topic that relates to Shallowford’s past, present, and future. Following second worship, we will gather in the Great Hall for a cookie reception to meet and reconnect with Rev. Tom Are, Jr.

About Rev. Tom Are, Jr.

Tom Are Jr.

The Are family was first introduced to Shallowford in November of 1971 when Rev. Tom Are was called by the Session to serve as senior pastor. Rev. Tom, along with his wife, Peggy, and four children, Tom Jr., Gene, Martha and Jimmy made the trip from Montgomery, Ala. and made Atlanta and Shallowford home for the next 21 years.

While at Shallowford, Tom Jr. spent his time singing in the Chapel Choir and ringing in the Bell Choir. He also spent time at youth fellowship, held in the basement of the chapel. He remembers worship in Fellowship Hall and the building of the new sanctuary.

After high school graduation, Tom attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina. During summer breaks, he found himself back at Shallowford, working to help the church staff.

“Shallowford was filled with people who welcomed me; treated me better than I deserved; and have obviously been part of the reason I am in ministry today.” – Tom

Tom followed in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in seminary. After graduating from Presbyterian College, Tom went on to graduate from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Yale Divinity School.

Since 2004, Tom has served as senior pastor at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. He has served on the Boards of Montreat Conference Center, Presbyterian College, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Most recently, he has been a founding member of the NEXT Church network in the PCUSA and finds that to be a sign of resurrection in the Presbyterian Church.

Tom and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1987, and they have two young adult children, Sarah and Nathan. Carol is a registered nurse, and Tom is a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor!