Tom Gonderman was raised in a Christian home and was saved at an early age at Vacation Bible School. After he graduated from college, he served as a Police Officer in Washington State. During this time he married his wife Heidi and changed careers to that of a Firefighter/EMT. God called him to preach a few years later, and the Gondermans went to Australia to serve as missionaries in 2003.
Br. Tom was the pastor of Southland Baptist Church in Sydney, and over the years he traveled extensively to many mission fields and help in the establishing of churches, encouraging missionaries, as well as training men for the work of missions. One of the great privileges of his life has been to be a help to men of God, to encourage them, and to enter into their labor for the Lord.
Heidi Gonderman was raised in a Christian home in eastern Washington and was saved at an early age. She grew up on horseback, living in the country, but willingly went to the mission field and served the Lord alongside of her husband. Over the years God blessed her with five wonderful children; four boys and one girl.
In 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and for the following year she underwent surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation as treatment. Although a very difficult year for her personally, the Lord showed favor and helped her through the trial of not only dealing with cancer, but going through it with her children watching her. After a time of treatment and recovery in America, the Lord has brought her through and blessed her with a complete recovery.
Heidi has a sweet and gentle spirit, and has been asked to teach ladies meetings and Sunday School classes about faith and resting in God. She is a gifted counselor, and has helped many ladies in their personal lives and marriages.