Tommy grew up in poverty in a welfare family. His alcoholic father was violently abusive and in and out of prison due to drunkenness and illegal activities. His mother was completely illiterate, but she knew Tommy was going to be a “preacher man someday because God told her.” Tommy dropped out of school after the 6th grade and eventually pursued a life of crime until he met Sister Goldie in Venice Beach, CA. when he was 17 and on the run from the law. Sister Goldie led him to the Lord and the Azusa Street saints. His career included security work, and he was a licensed Private Investigator.