Missouri UMC Denman Award Recipient Shares Love of Gaming with Love of God

Tom Keller was inspired after participating in the eSports Center during Unite at Central Methodist University. It inspired him to start an eSports league for the youth ministry at Ashland United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. In less than a year, the number of youth that have found a place at church has doubled from 20 to 40 students.

Tom says, “To just see all kinds of kids of all kinds of different backgrounds be very overtly passionate about video games to just come out, hang out, and then to be a part and stay a part of our lesson and engage in discussion, you know, be teenagers with other teenagers is just an awesome experience just to get to see that and be a part of that.”

He goes on to say, “Evangelism is, for me, just trying to make disciples in whatever way I possibly can… there’s always a community of some kind that people can lean into and be a part of, and it’s really just a matter how can I invite those people to be a part of that community and just join us together and be a part of the walk.”

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