Tom Bastress

Tom grew up in a Christian home and was saved as a child. He spent most of his growing-up years in Dayton, Ohio, but decided to attend college in Pensacola, Florida at Pensacola Christian College. Tom graduated from PCC with a BA in English. Later, he earned his MBA from the University of Dayton (Go, Flyers!) and his MDiv from Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University.

Tom began serving as the teaching pastor at Logan Elm Baptist in March 2022. Before coming to LEBC, Tom served in various lay ministry leadership roles at churches in Dayton and Columbus. During that time, Tom also enjoyed a full-time career in customer marketing and data analytics.

Tom & Sylvia met during their time at PCC and were married in 1997. They have four children.

In his free time, Tom enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and paddleboarding.

Tom’s favorite verse is James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

David Cavanaugh

David grew up in southern Indiana and later attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where he met his wife, Becky. They married in 1973. After college, David attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He served in churches in Arkansas and Tennessee as associate staff and as pastor of two churches.

In 1983, David & Becky moved their family from Calvary Baptist Church in Canton, NY for David to become pastor at Logan Elm Baptist Church. After twenty years at LEBC, they left to serve as international missionaries for 8.5 years in Thailand. In March 2012, they returned to Logan Elm Baptist where David once again became the lead teaching pastor until March 2022.

David & Becky have been immeasurably blessed to have their 4 children, 16 grandchildren, 2 grandchildren-in-law, and 1 great-grandchild (soon to be 2) all living nearby.

David’s favorite verse is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Tom Kuhlwein

Tom graduated from Teays Valley High School and has since worked in partnership with his parents and brother on their family farm growing various crops and raising cattle.

Tom and his wife Beth met at Logan Elm Baptist Church and were married in 1999. They have five children.

Tom has been a member of LEBC for over 23 years and has grown in his understanding of the Scriptures under the preaching ministries of David Cavanaugh and Jeff Moats. Tom previously served as a deacon before being ordained as an elder in 2016.

In his free time, Tom enjoys reading/listening to books, going on walks and dates with Beth, and aggravating his children.

Tom’s favorite passage is Psalm 97:1-3,

1 The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!

Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.”

David Atkinson

David was born into a Navy family in Parkersburg, WV, the year after WWII ended. A year later, his father joined the US Coast Guard. While living in Alaska between the ages of 11-12, he was led to the Lord by his Sunday School teacher who was serving as a missionary in Alaska. At age 20, David joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and nine months before he left for Vietnam he married his wife, Pam. Then at age 27, he surrendered his life & will to Jesus Christ at a “Master Life” conference led by Dr. Avery Willis. From that point on, his life began to change.

In 2006, David was ordained as an elder at Logan Elm Baptist Church. In 2009, he and Pam went to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English and help plant a Thai church in the Amphawa village floating market. They returned to Circleville in 2012 and continued to serve at Logan Elm Baptist and start small group Bible studies in the area.

David & Pam have been married for over 54 years and have two children.

David’s favorite verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”