Tom Grassi’s official title is “Minister of Worship & Music” at Kindred, but we all know and love him as our very own musical genius and “the guy with the guitar and vibrant voice.” He came to Kindred from Nashville, Tennessee in the Spring of 2015. He has a passion to lead in worship for the glory of God and to inspire and encourage people of all ages through the gifts of music and the arts, and he does so with excellence. The quality and quantity of his talent and toil is noteworthy. Yet he would be the first to note that God alone is worthy! Thanks to Tom, we sing a beautiful blend of ancient hymns and modern praise songs as a multigenerational congregation. Tom married his college sweetheart and Midwest farmer’s daughter, the lively lady, Della. Together they have three children, Dana, Tyler, and Danielle.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tom has served the church in music leadership for over 30 years. Tom came to Christ at the age of 9 years old. At the age of 15, Tom and his twin brother Dan attended a Dawson McAllister youth revival at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, CA. As the power of God’s word was delivered, Tom felt a deep calling to use his gifts for the glory of God and His church. Every day in ministry is an opportunity for further growth, and Tom feels blessed to serve the church with the gift of song. Tom takes this role seriously and is a widely published composer, arranger and orchestrator in the church music industry since 1998. He has received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Gospel Music Association, The John Lennon Songwriting Foundation, J.W. Pepper and the Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest. Tom’s creative works have been published through several publishers such as Alfred Music, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, Lillenas, PraiseGathering and Word Music. He is a graduate of San Diego Christian College with a BA in Music with an emphasis in sacred choral literature. He has also earned his Standard Teacher Diploma from the Evangelical Teacher Association. His music has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and churches and concert venues in Spain, South Korea, Italy, Malaysia and the Philippines.
When Tom isn’t directing Kindred’s orchestra, band, and choir, providing separate music lessons, or organizing summer and holiday concerts, he enjoys playing golf, laughing with family and friends, cheering for his kid’s sports teams, savoring Italian food, and hanging with the family dog, Nike.
This inspired Scripture is a constant inspiration to Tom: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-27