About

Tree of Life Ministries (TOL) is a collaborative effort of like-minded Christian churches to impact the poor and needy. Both the journey of life and the Tree of Life begin with Jesus Christ in that He alone said: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

In 2008, Purcellville Baptist Church in Loudoun County Virginia committed to set aside the first 10% of all annual giving to meet the needs of the poor. From that decision, Tree of Life Ministries was born and subsequently registered as an independent 501c(3) nonprofit organization in 2012.

A Biblical Proverb teaches that "hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a Tree of Life." Our desire within Tree of Life is to rally the Christian community to help fulfill those longings while constantly affirming that the source of real hope is Jesus Christ.

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Our Purpose (what)

To reach out to the poor and needy in our community with the love of Jesus Christ

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Our Principles (why)

Embrace the words of Jesus from the Gospel account to reach the "least of these." Jesus spoke of being hungry, thirsty, a stranger in need of clothing, sick and imprisoned. (Matthew 25:35)

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Our Path (how)

Brings life to Jesus' words and involves extending practical help across a framework of 5 Branches - Food, Lifeskills, Shelter, Healthcare and Relief . Each Branch encompasses specific local Ministries with the objective of meeting the holistic needs of an individual with a "hand up" rather than merely a "handout."

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Our People (who)

We engage with an army of local volunteers who acknowledge that Jesus Christ came that we may have life and have it to the full. Our Core Values accentuate Jesus - Jesus Christ is foremost; Prayer & The Word of God are foundational; Compassion is fundamental; Relationship is for all; Community is our front line.

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Our Partners (who)

Those we serve are referred to as Partners, rather than clients or customers, as our hope is to partner together on the journey of life. We strive to extend a "hand-up" rather than a "handout."

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Our Planting (where)

Having established a tried and tested approach, our Vision seeks to: "to plant the Tree of Life model in new communities to the glory of God." Our immediate "new communities" are defined as New Regions (expanding into new locations), New Housing (sourcing affordable housing for those in need) and New Gospel Enterprise (providing work and employment opportunities for those in need – The Clothing Closet and SimplyBe Coffee being the first enterprises launched.

Statement of Faith

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God.

Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19

About Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. In His own words, Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 10:30; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 2:8; John 14:6

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world
to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every
Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

John 14:26; 1 Pet 4:10

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is the truth without any error.

2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21; John 17:17; Rev 22:18-19

About The Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us by grace, which we receive by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ and it is He who said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Eph 2:8-9; 2 Cor 5:17; John 10:10

Jesus Christ is foremost

Prayer and the word of God is foundational

Compassion is fundamental

Relationship is for all

Community is our front line

Our Team

Board of Trustees

MARYANNE ARMSTRONG

BRAD BYRD

KRISTINE JACOBSON

DAVID LOWERS

PAUL SMITH

Leadership

DONNA GOTHARD

Chief Financial Officer

KRISTEN HICKMAN

Chief Communications Officer

DELL NUNALEY

Chief Operations Officer

GIL PAIST

Chief Program Officer

JORDAN SMITH

Chief Development Officer

PAUL SMITH

Chief Executive Officer

WAYNE RUCKMAN

Community Chaplain

Church Sponsors 2021

Purcellville

Abundant Life Ministries Church of God
Agape United Methodist Church
Bethany United Methodist Church
Blue Ridge Bible Church
Bluemont United Methodist Church
Hamilton Baptist Church
Harvest Church
Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church
Loudoun Valley Baptist Church
Loudoun Valley Church of the Nazarene
Marshall Baptist Church
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
North Fork Baptist Church
Outrageous Faith Ministries, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Purcellville Baptist Church
Roszell Chapel United Methodist Church
Round Hill Baptist Church
Round Hill United Methodist Church
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
The Victory House
Waterford Baptist Church
Western Loudoun Community Church

Leesburg

Bethel Presbyterian Church
Church of the Holy Spirit
Cornerstone Chapel
Crossroads Baptist Church
Destiny Church
Iglesia Biblica Bautista Emanuel Leesburg
Headway Church
Leesburg Church of the Nazarene
Leesburg Community Church
Loudoun Baptist Church
Mt Hope Baptist Church
Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church
Word of Life International Church, Lucketts

Sterling

Christ Community Church
Word of Life International Church, Sterling

Financials

Beyond the statistics, real people with real lives have real stories. Thank you to every last volunteer, donor and prayer warrior who has made time for the poor and needy throughout this memorable year.

Paul Smith
CEO, Tree of Life Ministries

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Pray

The root of Tree of Life is our prayer – communication with our God. Everything we do is bathed in prayer.

Your prayers make ALL the difference

Our Tree of Life Chaplain coordinates our prayer across all Branches. If you would like further information about how you can stay home and still help the poor and needy, contact us to discuss joining our Prayer Team.

Find Out How to Pray with Us

Email: partnercare@tolministries.org

Phone: 540-441-7920

Need Help?

If this is an an emergency, please call 911.

We want to get you to the right place as quickly as possible. Our services are listed under each of our five Branches by ministry, please let us know which you are interested in by phone or email.

540-441-7920 Monday – Friday: 9AM – 2PM

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“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
– Jeremiah 29:12

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