Rev. Thomas B. Mellott is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Ohio. First United Methodist Church, established in the 19th Century, is one of the original churches in Bowling Green. It is a church that values excellence in worship, mission-mindedness, growing disciples and vital relationships. The church is growing in spirit, stewardship and participation. They will continue to explore ways to be involved in local, national and global outreach.
Tom has served in rural, town and country, suburban and university settings. He has been a solo pastor and an associate pastor specializing in Christian Education, Evangelism and Missions. For the past several years he has served as a senior/lead pastor in multi-staff and multi-site settings.
Tom holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Cincinnati State College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Xavier University. He graduated with Master’s Degrees in Divinity and Religious Education from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. While in seminary he was recognized as a United Methodist Seminary Scholar and was recipient of the Charles L. Rummel Award for Christian Education. He has taken additional training at Loyola University of Maryland (Stephen Ministry Leadership Training), the Toronto School of Theology (Caring and Listening Labs I and II) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Beeson Institute of Advanced Leadership). He is a graduate of the West Ohio Conference Crucible Leadership Program. Tom is a “second career” pastor. He spent ten years in the banking and financial field.
Tom has been active in ministries beyond the local church. He is a member of the Maumee Watershed District Leadership Team and is Chair of the District Committee on Church Location and Building. He is a member of Finance Committee for Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices. He is a member of the board of the Bowling Green Kiwanis. He was a member of the West Ohio Conference Board of Trustees. He has served as a member of the Boards of the Miami Valley Mission Society and the West Ohio United Methodist Credit Union. He served as board chair of the credit union for ten years. He has served on district mission, pastoral care and superintendency committees. He has served the West Ohio Conference as Christian Education Chair, a Volunteers in Mission team leader, a facilitator in the supervised years program and a staff member for the School of Christian Missions. He has led over thirty homeland and overseas mission teams. He served as a member of a task force studying Israeli/Palestinian relationships. His work on the task force included being part of an interdenominational observation team in the West Bank. Tom has served as a Spiritual Director for an Emmaus Community. As an Eagle Scout, he has given time and support to the ministry of Scouting.
Tom is married to Deborah Lynn (Carpenter). Debbie is a Social Worker. They have three grown children, a wonderful son-in-law serving in the United States Army and two beautiful grandchildren. Tom likes to walk and read. Debbie likes to do counted cross-stitch. Tom and Debbie both love to travel and spend time with their family.