Pastor Tom Retires after 35 years of Ministry
Rev. Dr. Tom Biery, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora is retiring Feb. 14 after 35 years of faithful, fruitful ministry. It is believed that this is the longest tenure of any pastor in Mount Dora’s history.
During his time with the church, it grew substantially in membership, mission and more than doubled it’s building campus. A premier preschool was established. He was named “Pastor Emeritus” on January 24.
Dr. Biery was active in the community serving several terms on the Mount Dora Community Trust, Mount Dora Leadership Council, President of the Ministerial Association several times and a member of the Mount Dora Health Facilities Authority which paved the way for Waterman Village.
He strongly supported help for those in need through Lake Cares food pantry, Ruth House for displaced women, The Open Door for the homeless, The Good News Jail and Prison ministry and many others. Dr. Biery also strove to promote racial understanding and harmony in many ways in mount Dora including last summer’s walk for Peace and Unity.
Dr. Biery served as Moderator of the regional Central Florida Presbytery consisting of over 70 churches and 30,000 members. He was instrumental in establishing the “2¢ per meal” program whereby individuals literally “put in their 2¢” at each meal to alleviate hunger. Over the years this resulted in millions being raised for Second Harvest food Bank, St. Andrews Gleaning Society, and other hunger relief efforts locally and globally.
Around town, Tom is also known as “the Rockn’ Rev”, “Dr. Dance” and “Soul man” Tom and his wife Bryan raised their children Bryee and Jeff in Mount Dora and will remain in the community they love.
A celebration “roast & toast” originally scheduled for the 14th has been postponed due to the pandemic.