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Reverend Thomas M. Frost

Reverend Thomas M. Frost
January 6, 1937 – July 10, 2021

Reverend Thomas M. Frost passed quietly on July 10, 2021 to be with his heavenly father. Born January 6, 1937 to Rev. J. Thomas Frost and Margaret Meredith Frost in Elwood, Indiana. Rev. Frost married Mary Ellen Cortner Frost on August 23, 1959. Rev. Frost is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Susan Frost, son and daughter-in-law, Bart and Lisa Frost, daughter and son-in-law Misty and Denton Wilson Jr., grandchildren Brad and Ellen Frost, Mariel and David Nemargut, Austin and Hannah Wilson, and great grandchildren, Parker Frost, Logan Nemargut, Ledger Wilson. Rev. Frost was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Bradford Thomas Frost, Bryan David Frost and great granddaughter Delta Anne Wilson.
Rev. Frost served in the United Methodist Church over 45 years having pastored churches in Wrightwood, San Gabriel, and Oak View California and North Liberty, Osceola, LaPorte, Wabash, Fort Wayne and Decatur Indiana. Rev. Frost has a passion for mission work creating Mission Marketing where he provided an avenue for craftspeople around the world by connecting those artisans with churches throughout the United States. His purpose was to shine a light on the importance and value of missions and showing how Christ was an integral part of each of their lives. Tom and wife, Mary Ellen, started their journey of supporting missionary endeavors by taking 30 high school students to Bisti , New Mexico. This was followed by lifetime of mission service including Henderson Settlement Franks County, Kentucky. Tom and Mary Ellen’s primary mission and most enduring church relationship was with St. John’s Anglican Church in Black River Jamaica. They worked with churches in Westmorland, Manchester and Portland Parishes in Jamaica. This service lasted for over 35 years taking countless groups to build, to aid and show the love of Christ. Rev.. Frost also helped support the creation of Genesis Steel Drum Band, which then had the opportunity to tour churches in Indiana
In addition, Rev. Frost served his church and community in many roles over the years: pastor, leader teacher, facilitator, and worked with individual churches through special appointments as a conflict resolution pastor. Tom served his community on many boards and was active in both the Lions Club and as a Rotarian. Rev. Frost also, served the Northern Indiana Conference as Chairman of the Epworth Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Ordained Ministry.
He was an avid golfer, skier, fisherman, and bridge player. Rev. Frost sang with great passion in many choirs, most recently with the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida.
In his lifetime he was able to see the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs both win world championships, which he never hesitated to share with friends.
Memorial Service arrangement in Florida and Indiana are still in the planning stages for later in the year.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either Mission Piniel in Immokalee, Florida, St. John’s Anglican Church Black River Jamaica, or Cultivate Abundance through Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers Florida.

Condolence

David Schramm

July 13, 2021, 8:16 pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of one of the great pastors in the North Indiana Conference. He was a model to many of us. David Schramm

J. Philip Klinger

July 13, 2021, 9:10 pm

We were sad to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Tom Frost. Our sympathy to his wife Mary Ellen. Our paths crossed many times in appointments, socially, and in shared interest in golf and the Chicago Cubs. He was immensely proud of his children and had a real heart for missions. He will be missed. Rest in peace old friend. Phil and Nancy Klinger

Bill & Pat Dunfee

July 13, 2021, 11:05 pm

Mary Ellen,
Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Bill & Pat Dunfee

Steven and Jada Conner

July 17, 2021, 12:30 pm

Mary Ellen and Family,

Jada and I were very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He truly was a faithful servant of the Church and the work of the Kingdom of God. I always appreciated and valued the special connection we shared having followed you in two different pastorates – North Liberty and Taylor Chapel, as well as our shared love & passion for and. many conversations as neighbors at Epworth Forest. Know of our ongoing prayers for you and your family.

Peace,
Steve and Jada Conner

Judy Pierson Hay

July 17, 2021, 12:50 pm

One of my memories of Rev. Tom is his support of our Taylor Chapel UMC preschool when I hoped we could keep it going (we did!). He listened. He comforted. He encouraged and smiled that lovely big smile. My condolences to Mary Ellen and the family.
Judy Pierson Hay

David Michel

July 17, 2021, 2:05 pm

Peace of Christ to family. Remember playing basketball with Tom and other clergy back in Fort Wayne days. And having him in to Aldersgate FW for Mission Marketing.

Rev Dr. Gary L Forbes and Marilyn Forbes

July 17, 2021, 2:30 pm

Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Blessings on you and your family.

Dr Alfred Brothers Jr

July 18, 2021, 2:51 am

We extend our deepest condolences. I knew Rev Tom through the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club in Fort Wayne Indiana. Rest in Peace in Heaven my friend. Al Brothers, Past District Governor District 6540 and Past President of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club

Scott & Karen Shoaff

July 20, 2021, 1:46 am

Mary Ellen, God bless your heart with the kindness and grace of the Lord Jesus. Tom was my folks’ pastor at Fort Wayne Christ UMC and he came several times to my churches with Mission Marketing.

In Christ’s love,
Scott & Karen Shoaff

Patsy Correll (Walter)

July 24, 2021, 2:49 am

Very sorry to see of Pastor Tom’s passing. Condolences to the family. I remember him well at the North Liberty United Methodist Church in IN. Thoughts and prayers to Mary Ellen and rest of family

Dolores Palmer

July 24, 2021, 12:37 pm

Dear Mary Ann,
I’m so sorry for your loss of Tom. Many years ago when you were in North Liberty and Kent and I had just started our venture in funeral service, we met. Tom helped us on ambulance calls! I think he and Kent bonded then and actually had some good times. Tom passed on Kent’s birthday and I just bet that Kent welcomed him with open arms in heaven. My deepest sympathy.

Terry Hamilton

July 26, 2021, 4:31 pm

Mary Ellen, This news saddens me, I have such fond memories of both you and Tom. My parents loved playing golf and bridge with you both. Tom helped shape many young lives with the North Liberty youth group. I often think of summers renting the lake house at North Webster, the lasting friendships and lessons learned thru that youth group still resonate. My love and thoughts are with you.

Donn & Bev Kelver

July 26, 2021, 7:42 pm

Mary Ellen and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As we remember Tom and your Ministry in LaPorte, the words Enthusiasm, Leadership and Spiritual Guide remind us of his being there to help us with the Youth Program at First Church. Our many projects together provided wonderful memories of this friendship. May God bless you and your family.

Kathie Sheneman

July 27, 2021, 1:40 pm

Mary Ellen and family,
My condolences to you and your family. Fond memories at North Liberty United Methodist Church with Rev. Frost as pastor. He officiated my wedding and was so kind and will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to each of you.

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