Early Life

I was born on July 9, 1940 in Gull Lake, Michigan to Walter and Ethel Baird. One of my early mentors was my maternal grandfather, Rev. Victor E. Jones, a Methodist Minister in a nearby Church. From a very young age, I attended church. My mother kept a newspaper clipping in one of her Bibles that stated “Tommy Baird, two weeks old, was in attendance in church this past Sunday…”

I spent my first seven years at Gull Lake, Michigan. Then, in the spring of 1948, we moved to a dairy farm near Bellevue, Michigan. I lived there until I went to Michigan State University (MSU) in 1960. I was aware of God's presence even before I can remember. At the age of seven, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior and at the age of thirteen, I received a sovereign outpouring of the Holy Spirit while alone with the Lord plowing a field.

Marriage and College

While I was in college, I met and married my first wife, Rachel Gettel, also a student at MSU. We were married on December 18, 1965 and subsequently graduated together in March of 1966. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Biological Sciences and Agricultural Education with a minor in Psychology, while Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Elementary Education majoring in English. The Lord has given us four wonderful children, Tom W., Steven, Elizabeth, and Christopher.

Military Service

After I completed my degree at MSU, I reported for duty as an Army Infantry Officer at Fort Benning, Georgia on April 30, 1966. After finishing my training at Benning, I served as an Infantry Officer, I served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Bamberg, Germany. From there, I was sent to Vietnam as a Combat Senior District Advisor at Cau Ke and Cau Ngang Districts and later, Province S-3 of Tra Vinh Province, IV Corps.

Returning to the mainland, I was a Research Officer in HUMRO (Human Research Office) at Fort Benning, Georgia, while the Army sent me to Graduate School at Georgia State University. I received an Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in 1973, majoring in Quantitative Methods Management.

After I completed my degree at Georgia State, the Army had originally slated me for a second tour in Vietnam, but at the last minute, they assigned me to Brigade S-4 in South Korea where I served under then Lt. Colonel Colin Powell. There, I served as Commander of Alpha Company, 1/32 Infantry, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Div.

After my tour in South Korea, I returned to the United States to be a Manpower Management Officer in HQ Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Virginia. I returned to Germany for a time and then finished my career as the Executive Officer (XO) to the Post Commander at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Christian Missionary Work

After retirement from the Army in 1986 I became a missionary pilot in Alaska with Christian Pilots Association of Alaska where I flew commercial flights as well as missionary flights until my retirement in 2008 to take care of Rachel in her declining years. With our home located in Houston, Alaska I served about 9 years on the City Council and was Mayor of Houston for one year about the time Sara Palin became Mayor to Wasilla.

When my wife Rachel died in 2010, love did not forget me for long. I married my new wife, a widow named Arlene Matthews, on June 4, 2011. We presently split time between Alaska and a street ministry in Arlene's home Island of Saint Vincent, West Indies.

Our blended family now has nine children with the addition of Sindy, Anton, Randel, Aron, and Myron from Arlene. It is written,

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." Psalms 127:4-5.

Our house is full and our plate is blessed. And, we are continually being tried in the fire and refined in the Lord. Praise the Lord.

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