• Facebook
  • Instagram

Our Lead Pastor, Derik Armstrong, along with the full, united support of our Elders, are excited to introduce our new Student Pastor (grades 6-12), Thomas Netek!

Passion. Authenticity. Discernment. Connector

These are just a few words to describe our interactions with Tom over the past few weeks. Tom has met with our elders, lead pastor, current student ministry pastor, volunteer leaders, students, and many people in our congregation. After circling back around to gather feedback from everyone's interactions with Tom, these words were consistently used to describe the impression he made.

"Each of us was created with a longing in our hearts to be a part of a mission. He doesn’t need us, but God invites each of us into His mission of reconciliation. So many of our brothers and sisters are in need of someone to look them in the eyes and say, 'I want you to run with me.' I want to empower leaders to see the strength those words can have. By equipping leaders to empower their people, we can begin to help our people find their gifts and the unique place God has placed them to do His work. Then, through equipping each person to share their story, and the story of Christ's redemptive work with others, they can live out the commission given by God in their workplace, neighborhood, and families... I believe a unified body of all ages can transform a city to worship God."

-Thomas Netek


Tom's Story and Current Role

Tom is 23 years old, single and currently lives in the north Houston, TX area. He is a Texas native and is excited about serving in Iowa with our team! He was raised in church (Disciples of Christ) but never took faith seriously until he met Jesus face to face over 5 years ago when he was in a time of searching. It was through a ministry called "Impact" that Tom found Christ's love and grace to be real and he began to grow in his love for God. Shortly thereafter, Tom felt a call to ministry.

"I attended Passion 16 months after my conversion, and I was led to tears after a talk. Amidst my tears, a woman spoke to me, telling me she saw my heart, and she hoped I would spend the rest of my life making my heart for Jesus known to others... I feel called to love Christ’s church. I love what scripture says about elders. More than anything, I want to be a man called to love Christ’s bride, and to live those qualifications in scripture. I plan to do that by loving and speaking identity into men, loving my future family with God’s strength, and serving the body with my gifts, whether 10 hours a week or 50." -Thomas Netek


Pastoral Resident | WoodsEdge Community Church (approx. 2,000 + weekly attendance)

July 2021 - Present

I worked with the Prayer and Pastoral Care team while also being part of a team of residents that participated in ministry experiences together. I have assisted with a large VBS with hundreds of kids and worked with our student ministry to take over 100 students to church camp. I have had opportunities to assist with funerals, men's discipleship in WoodsEdge's recovery ministry and many other unique opportunities where I have been mentored by seasoned pastors to equip and prepare me for the role of Student Pastor.

Vice President | Kappa Upsilon Chi

May 2019 - May 2021

I had the privilege to serve my fraternity as the Vice President, helping members get connected to the church and find where they could serve their brothers.

Counselor | Pine Cove

May 2019 - July 2019

I spent a summer as a counselor for 6-8th grade boys, planning and facilitating alongside other college students, and sharing the story of Jesus with campers at overnight camp.



Dallas Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

30/66 credits completed

August 2021 - Present



Texas A&M University

Bachelors of Science in Industrial Distribution Engineering

Minor in Business

August 2017 - May 2021

Teaching Example Video Links