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Pastor Dr. Thomas R. Calk, affectionately known as “Pastor Tom,” 70 years old, died on Friday March 5, 2021 at the Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The funerals will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church & Christian Center, 3910 SE Loop 286, in Paris, Texas. Rev. Samuel Calk will officiate, along with numerous eulogies that will be given. The family will receive friends at the Fry-Gibbs funeral home on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
He was born one of 11 children to Alfred W. and Mildred Rhuedine Sweeney Calk on September 7, 1950 in Seagoville, Texas. Five of his brothers became ministers and all three of his sisters married ministers.
He graduated from Miller Grove High School in 1968 with honors. Some of his finest years were in school, where he was elected Class President, Most Popular, Successful, and Athletic Mr. Miller Grove High School. He was the high school beta club and FFA president. He was one of two students from the state of Texas selected to be a delegate to the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. He was later selected to receive the Hopkins County Educational Scholarship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
He began his ministry in 1966 when he was in sophomore school at the age of 16. He was admonished with the Congregations of God in 1966, received his ministerial license in 1968, and was ordained in 1974. He was a frequent high school, FFA, beta club, and banquet speaker. He has been a youth evangelist at church resurrections, youth camps, crusades, conventions, and rallies.
Over the years he has been an evangelist, teacher, lecturer, speaker, and preacher in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Israel, and 27 other countries. At the same time he served offices in the assemblies of God at the national level of the section, district, regional, and general councils.
Throughout his years of service, he continued his education through correspondence through Berean College of the Assemblies of God, earning his Associate of Arts Degree in 1983 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. He received his master’s degree from the North Carolina College of Theology in 2000 and his doctorate in theology in 2007.
He was named one of the “Great Young Men of America” ​​twice in 1973 and 1979. He was elected senior pastor of the Ellettsville Congregation of God of Bloomington, Indiana, in 1974 and then elected senior pastor of the First Congregation of God Church here Paris, Texas, 1980. Both pastorships were recognized by the Assemblies of God as the fastest growing Denominated churches of denomination. Moody Monthly Magazine and the International Sunday School Convention named the Church in Bloomington, Indiana, the second fastest growing Church of all denominations in America, in percent of numerical growth.
Pastor Tom, as many liked to know him, believed in reaching and reaching people beyond the four walls of his church. Both pastorates saw a large part of their growth by addressing his city and the surrounding communities. In 1983 he received the Beverly Enterprises Award for recognition of elderly care. In both pastorates, his ministry included bus ministries, ministries of children and youth, prison and prison work, and home care groups reaching hundreds for Christ.
He has served on the boards of directors of the Paris / Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, The United Way, the Red River Valley Fair Association and the Kiwanis Club. In 1985 he received The Distinguished Service Award from the Paris Jaycees.
In 1992 he resigned as a senior pastor at the First Congregation of God and pioneered the Lighthouse Family Church in Paris as an interdenominational church. The church has grown from the old Red Barn Steakhouse with a new auditorium and a new education wing. He then bought the original Burrows grocery store and gas station and turned it into the Church’s Activity Building and Fellowship Hall. Then, in 2004, the church had grown big enough to have to build the high school.
He was elected to the Board of World Bible Way Fellowship in 2000 and named President of the Fellowship in 2019, a role he was very proud of. His constant communication and phone calls resulted in the fellowship growing enormously in the past year and a half and spreading to several other countries.
Pastor Tom was always dedicated to serving people, being devoted to his wife and family, a proud American, and having a strong love for others.
He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 24 years, Patricia Calk; a stepson, Jason Cornelison; two stepdaughters, Carla Cornelison and Skylar Hoskins and fiance Jake Unger; five granddaughters, Zatorri, Alexius, Gabrielle, Peighton and Caroline; two great-grandchildren, Ari and Rhy’Niya. With a brother, Samuel Calk and his wife Patricia; two sisters, Betty Ballard, Mary Slankster and Elizabeth Fletcher and husband Rodney; and sister-in-law Cindy Calk. Also of eight nieces and their husbands and children as well as four nephews and their wives and children and grandchildren.
His beloved father and mother, brothers Jimmy, Robert, William, Noel, Charles, and Danny, had been preceded by death.

Published on March 8, 2021