Tom began a lifelong study in music at 18 months old. While playing with a “Cat and the Fiddle” puzzle, he pointed to the fiddle and told his mother, “I want to play that.” He began formal studies in the Suzuki Method at age 2, with Ann Hall, who then taught in Jackson. After Ann moved away from the West Tennessee area, Tom moved his studies to Memphis under the tutelage of Michelle Pettigrew. At age 7, he began studying piano with Margaret Evans, former organist of First Presbyterian, with whom he continued until his freshman year of high school. During these years Tom took part in both National Piano Guild Auditions and National Junior Music Clubs. At age 12, he began studies with Ann Spurbeck, and under her guidance, he continued studies, playing recitals and taking part in ensembles, both in Brownsville and Memphis. Tom is an alumnus of Memphis Youth String Ensemble, Memphis Youth String Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony, and Sewanee Summer Music Center.
His college career began at University of Memphis, where he studied music education. During this time he furthered his studies on the violin with Soh-Hyun Altino. While in college, music took Tom to several countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and even Kenya. Tom graduated from University of Memphis in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, in addition to being a licensed educator in Tennessee. Tom enjoys participating in worship and using his gifts to help others worship God through the gift of music.
Laura is a daughter of Christ, a wife to Matthew, and a mother to Gregory, Jacob, and Elizabeth. As a child her family traveled the world with her father’s job in the Air Force before graduating from Collierville High School and Southwest Tennessee Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology. She and her husband met at church with help from a Sunday School teacher and 2 years later were married in the same church on December 27th. Three years later they welcomed a son (Gregory Lee), six years after that a second son (Jacob Austen), and four years later a daughter (Elizabeth Grace). Laura loves her family and feels very blessed by the Lord.
Laura has worked for First Presbyterian Church since March 2010 and enjoys being able to help with worship behind the scenes. She is a current member of First Baptist Church Alamo.
Mary Jane is a graduate of Haywood High School. She attended the University of Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Lambuth College in 1973. She taught music and English at Tennessee Academy from 1973 – 1976. She resumed her teaching career in 1987at Haywood Junior High where she taught 7th and 8th grade English until 2012. She is currently serving as the Instructional Facilitator for English Language Arts at Haywood Middle School.
Mary Jane was married to the late Wayne Williams. Together they led the music program at Allen Baptist Church from 1973 until his death in 2009. They have three children and two grandchildren. Laura Leigh and Baker Moore live in Jackson with their children, Walker and Amelia. Duke and Martha Jo Williams and Brannon Williams live here in Brownsville.