About the Randalls
Tom graduated from Judson College with a degree in Human Relations in 1976. He lettered in four sports (basketball, soccer, cross country, golf) and was named a four-time unanimous All-Conference basketball player setting seven school records, four conference records, and two national records. He averaged 31.5 points per game to lead the nation in scoring as a senior. Tom was a two-time Illinois All Star whose number was retired in recognition of his basketball achievements. He was inducted into Judson College’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Coming to Christ in January 1976 his heart and life were changed permanently. Judson College named Tom Alumnus of the Year in 1981 and he was honored again in 1998 with an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
Serving both as a missionary and athlete Tom has played over 2,000 international basketball games around the world as well as sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in each place. He has coached and directed over 100 different teams and around 1,000 short-term missionaries in the Philippines. His half-time unicycle and juggling show has been performed in Olympic stadiums, on the Wide World of Sports in Australia, in palaces, prisons, universities, military bases, and leper colonies. Playing surfaces have included wood, carpet, cement, clay, sand, decks of ships, and even coral! Around 600,000 people have been enrolled in a home correspondence course or home Bible study and have been provided with a Bible since 1979 when Tom and Karen moved permanently to the Philippines. The monthly newsletter telling almost 500 prayer partners of what the Lord is doing has been written over 350 times. As director of World Harvest Ministries since 1990 Tom orientates, trains, and takes building crews, medical teams, and sports teams from the USA and Australia to areas of the Philippines that need help and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He now has 30+ years of missionary experience and with his wife, Karen, has seen coups, a revolution, lived through an earthquake, volcano eruptions, typhoons and floods, robberies, and ambushes while seeing the Lord work wondrously in each situation and circumstance.
Since June 1996 Tom and Karen have made their home in the USA. They now live in Stow, OH where Tom continues to lead the work of World Harvest Ministries. He makes trips to the Philippines to lead teams of work crews or sports teams in short-term ministry opportunities. He also directs the work at a special project, Sankey Samaritan Orphanage, home to 40 children in Lucena, Philippines. He also helps with the ministry at a camp in the southern Philippines, Mt. Moriah, where they serve children from the surrounding area through an AWANA program, host pastor’s conferences, and youth groups. He also travels within the USA speaking in public and Christian schools, colleges, community groups, churches and camps. February 2000 Tom began work as Chaplain for the PGA Champions Tour (Sr. Tour) traveling to each tournament and holding a Bible study attended by 60 to 100 of the players, wives, caddies, and officials. He retired from this position summer of 2013 and is now on staff part time at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, OH.