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.
Michelle Griffith Bio
Michelle P. Griffith is an award-winning writer, producer and editor. She is the co-founder of Iron Image Media, a production company spanning a broad spectrum of work, including corporate media, broadcast commercials, theatrical movie trailers, documentaries and web series. Michelle graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her undergraduate degree in Communications and continued her film education at USC and UCLA.
Growing up as a follower of Jesus, Michelle had never experienced the gospel with power until she joined a Spirit-filled church in 2009 and read Tommy Welchel’s first book on the Azusa Street Revival. She encountered God in a new and profound way through Tommy’s stories, changing her faith forever. Tommy and Michelle met shortly thereafter and began a friendship and working relationship, culminating in True Stories of The Miracles of Azusa Street and Beyond, which is her first book.
Michelle’s other writing credits include freelance journalism. Her articles have been featured in regional and national publications. She is currently working on her first feature script. Michelle lives in Ventura County with her husband of many years, Marc, and their three children, whom they consider their most prized projects. She loves to bike and hike with her family and has sung in worship bands for several years. Michelle passionately pursues more of God in both her professional and private life