LAWRENCEVILLE - Tom Frost was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Now he has been called to lead his Lilburn congregation.
Frost replaces David Paulukaitis, who served as bishop for five years, and he will be assisted by two counselors - Eric Beach, 41, and Kyle Goodrich, 30, who are both Lilburn residents.
"It is a great blessing in a person's life to have the opportunity to serve others," Frost said. "I am grateful for the opportunity the Lord has given me at this season in my life to be able to serve in this way.
"One of my favorite scriptures is in Matthew chapter 24, where it reads, 'Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me,'" Frost said. "My goal is to help our members learn to more closely pattern their lives after the Lord Jesus Christ."
Frost, 46, is a poultry nutritionist for Wayne Farms. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in poultry nutrition from Auburn University.
Frost served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Finland for two years before attending college. He has also served as a counselor to other church bishops and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America.
"One of my primary roles as bishop is working with the youth," said Frost, who moved to Lilburn in 1991 with his wife, Karen, and their six children. "I love the youth. I served as an early morning youth seminary teacher for several years."
Frost said the youth program is a churchwide initiative for high school students who meet every morning.
"Prior to teaching seminary I was a Scoutmaster for five years," Frost said. "We support a strong Scouting program for young men and a great young women's program we refer to as Personal Progress. I think raising three sons and raising three daughters has kept me young at heart," he added.
Frost invites families and individuals, whether members of his faith or not, to attend Sunday services with his congregation at 1150 Cole Road in Lilburn.
"Here we worship together, instructing one another from the scriptures," Frost said.
The Lilburn Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meets at 9 a.m. Sundays for a sacrament meeting and at 10:15 for Sunday school. The church also holds Scouts and youth night at
7 p.m. Wednesdays.