Cherrydale Baptist Church
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
To love God and people above all else
Tom Oostdyk, Spiritual Formations Pastor

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Tom Oostdyk

Associate Pastor (Biblical Community, Local Disciplemaking, Lay Counseling)

Tom and Nicole Oostdyk started attending Cherrydale in 2007 while Tom completed a seminary degree at Capital Bible Seminary.  They met at Messiah College. They have three children; Caleb, Ava, and Lincoln. Tom grew up in West Milford, NJ and came to faith in Christ when he was nine years old through the faithful ministry of his parents. After serving as members for several years Tom joined the pastoral staff in May 2012. In addition to general pastoral responsibilities, Tom provides oversight to Biblical Community, Local Disciple-Making, and Lay Counseling.  

Staff Questionnaire  


Family: Nicole and I were married in 2008 and live in Falls Church with our kids – Caleb, Ava, and Lincoln.

Where you were born: Oak Ridge, New Jersey (not near a turnpike exit…:)

Hobbies: Our kids are a great joy and a source of regular laughter in our home. Nicole and I love to read, drink coffee, travel, work in our yard together, and watch movies. Quiet Saturday mornings are amazing. 

Favorite Food: Does ice cream count as food? If not, then key lime pie. 

Favorite Book: Can’t pick one. Side by Side by Ed Welch is my favorite book of this year. Edmund Morris’s series on Theodore Roosevelt is my favorite biography.

Favorite Authors: Kevin DeYoung, Jared Wilson, Tim Keller, Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, Ron Chernow, Eric Metaxas, Rick Attkinson

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Coffee of course.  

Fondest childhood memory: I’m not sure if this tops the list or not but its close. Every year for a long time my family would spend Thanksgiving weekend working at my grandparent’s farm – filling their woodshed, clearing fence rows, etc. The highlight was coming home from church on Thanksgiving morning to the smell of dinner cooking in the oven. After feasting we usually rolled ourselves into the living room to watch Home Alone

Favorite Scripture Verse, passage, or book of the Bible: Favorite book: Hebrews. Favorite passage: Galatians 2:20 

If I had a different job I would be . . . a missionary or a high school history teacher.

Nobody knows that I still . . . prefer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. 

If I could ask God one question it would be . . .how did You think of all this?