She received her Kingdom Calling as a child and but in 1986 the Lord solidified His call on her life when He opened up I Peter 5:1-4 to tend the flock. The Lord's mandate was for her to tell the people about God’s love. She has done this since 1987 through Retreats, Teas and Soaking services for God’s people and outreach. Pastor Michele has a deep love for Jesus and the ministry of restoration.
She was married for 30 years to Pastor Tom who made his transition to heaven in November 2018. They spent 30 years serving God together and, 11 years ministering to the homeless and street people in Baltimore. This experience was the training ground that molded their hearts for the ministry and enabled Michele to come away with a true understanding of God’s Love.
She participates in her community. For 7 years she served on the board of Graystone Community Association, done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, as well as volunteers at New Life for Girls, Westminster. She has a heart for her community and graduated from the Baltimore County Police Citizens Academy.
Pastoring is her heartbeat but, she knows God has also called her to go outside the doors and minister words of destiny to other churches, organizations, and individuals. Another passion is hosting retreats at the beckoning of the Lord, she has done this over the past 20 years spanning from England, Central America, and the USA. Each one with its own theme to deliver hope to the hearts of the people.
Her pastoral and apostolic duties at Woodlawn Christian Fellowship is to be a “Gathering Place” for the saints to unite for our City and State. She has been the Assistant Director for “Maryland Prays” Movement for over 10 years, gathering the intercessors together annually to pray for Maryland.
Acts 26:16 -16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, (A)to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
1 Peter 5:2-4 (NKJV)
2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Pastor Thomas James Perrera 5/21/45-11/14/18
After 30 years of
marriage and ministry, my husband and best friend “Pastor Tom” went home to be
His love for us was infectious and he made us
all laugh, even when his own pain was great, he made us smile.
We were visiting our dear friend Pete Dunning who Tom affectionately called “Bible Thumping Pete.” Pete (a farrier/blacksmith) was the man who led him to Jesus while Tom held horses for him and it is the place where he when home to be with Jesus. We had just entered his home when Tom had a massive heart attack and instantly went to be with the Lord.
Pastor Tom was the founder of Highways and Hedges Ministry and was the first minister in the 1980’s to go out on a daily basis feeding and caring for Baltimore’s homeless. He later became the Pastor of Evangelism at Calvary Assembly of God, Hanover, PA and finished his journey at Woodlawn Christian Fellowship where he and his wife Michele pastor since 2006. Pastor Tom was so loved by his congregation and her some sayings:
“Beat us from the feet up, tore up from the floor up, wrecked up from the neck up.”
He always said, “Glad to see your face in this place and a smile when you walk down the aisle”
He also said, if he carried his 6 pack in the world he could surely carry his 66 pack (the bible) for Jesus and he die it proudly.
And… “Come Clean Dirty.”
At 4’ 9 ½” Tom was really bigger than life and although he was very introverted (yes really) he came alive when he was around those he loved, and of course, when he had an opportunity to introduce you to Jesus.
He also had this special gift of remembering birthdays. If he knew your birthday he would call you and sing to you. So many of you looked forward to that. Even if he didn’t know how to reach you anymore, he remembered your birthday.
Not only did he spread the love of God, he was also a Jockey, Power Lifter and he is in the York Barbell hall of fame. In his younger years he was quite the athlete and also played the harmonica, guitar, piano and anything he could get his hands on.
Besides Jesus and Michele, his other love was horses. He snuck on the Race Track when he was young and got bit by the race track bug. His passion, and something he always missed, was being able to ride the horses. Not a week went by when he didn’t talk about this.
His other passion was reading the Bible. How many people do you know who read and studied the bible 29 times?
If you knew Tom, he loved you, and felt your love. Each of you were special to him.