Tom and Jodi Gerlach

MAI Location: Charlotte

Job Responsibility: Director of International Youth Tours





Tom grew up in Delaware, and played soccer at NCAA Division II Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. He later played semi-professional soccer with the Knoxville Impact, and went on tour as a player with the Charlotte Eagles in 1995. After graduating, Tom assisted the women’s program at Tusculum College in 1993-1994. Tom has coached in high school for 20 years and holds the TN state record for consecutive state championships. Tom was recently hired as the head coach of the WPSL Lady Force soccer team in Knoxville, TN.

Tom has been on staff with MAI for 4 years as the Director of International Youth tours. He has led 5 youth tours to Brazil in the summer. "My passion is seeing American teenagers using their skills on the soccer field to glorify their Savior and Lord. By being vessels for the Lord, not only do the lives of the Brazilians change, but the lives of the American teens do, as well."

Tom and his wife, Jodi, have two children (Bennett and Addison) and reside in Knoxville, TN, where he teaches Earth Science and coaches with the local youth clubs – Knoxville Crush and Oak Ridge SCOR.


How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?              

My life was drastically changed when I went on tour as a player, and I saw that some of my own players could have the same experience if I was able to provide that opportunity for them. Through connections with the Week of Champions and my college soccer coach Stephen Jones, I was able to contact David Sanford and pursue my passion for sports ministry.