It is with profound sadness that I report on the passing this morning of one of my dearest friends and an Answers in Genesis (AiG) colleague, Dr. Tommy Mitchell.
Indeed, Tommy was one of my closest friends. We had known each other for almost 25 years. Tommy moved from Tennessee to join the AiG staff full-time in 2006 after spending the previous year as a part-time speaker for us. His passion for speaking and writing on creation apologetics was spurred in 1999 after spearheading an effort to organize a major AiG conference in the Nashville area, which drew many thousands. Tommy and I first met around 1995, when he drove four hours from Nashville to purchase some items in our small new bookstore in Florence, Kentucky.
Over the past 15 years, Tommy became one of our most effective and dynamic speakers (he could also be quite funny in his talks) and was much in demand. He was constantly on the road, including to South Africa in June. God used Tommy to impact many tens of thousands of people. On a personal level, I will miss my dear colleague, who was often at my house to chat, watch science fiction programs on TV and play many cribbage games. He was also my 24-hour-a-day MacBook and iPhone serviceman! Tommy was brilliant with today’s technology; he knew how to fix virtually any computer and cellphone problem I had, and I often had to call him while on the road so he could talk through a fix for me.
Pray for God’s comfort to come over his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell (she has written hundreds of articles for AiG), and their three daughters, Mary, Ashley and Sarah. Tommy also leaves behind two young grandchildren who were the apples of his eye.
Tommy had a deep understanding of why God allows death, disease and suffering in this world. As a medical doctor, Tommy had to treat thousands of suffering people in the course of his practice, and those difficult experiences spurred him to speak and write on the topic. Tommy wrote a witnessing booklet for us on the subject, titled “Why Does God’s Creation Include Death & Suffering?” He also produced a DVD on the theme.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Ken Ham