Tom and Joanna Appel
Serving in Northern France
"We (Tom and Joanna) met in college in Nashville, TN. We both have a passion for music and ministry. When we were first married we felt a call to go to the UK, so we bought one way tickets and went! God was incredibly faithful and we ended up staying for five years doing work in the Anglican church. We moved back to the states and had our three sons, Reuben, Eli and Silas, and Tom started to pursue his Masters of Divinity at Bethany Seminary. After a few years working in the secular non-profit world, Tom felt called back into ministry and has spent a few years as a youth pastor in Colorado. We felt the call to France about three years ago but we know that God has been preparing us for European missions for a long time. During our time of fundraising, we had our fourth child, Elodie. We arrived in France in April of 2017 and spent a year in language school near Paris.
Where We Work
We moved to Normandy, in Northern France in March of 2017 to work with an organization called the Bless Network. Our work has a special focus on worship, church planting and being on mission as a family. We also are involved in serving a growing refugee population in Caen. God is on the move here in Normandy and we are so excited to be a part of it! Thank you for partnering with us!