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The Rev. Theodore "Tom" Hilpert (born 1969) is a U.S.-born author, pastor and corporate president. He is the author of Galedor, a science fiction novel published in the United States in 2001 and Surviving Seminary, a non-fiction guide for budding pastors and theologians. In 2009 he published Superior Justice, a mystery novel set on Minnesota's Lake Superior Shoreline. He has written for several magazines, and his non-fiction work has been read on at least four different continents. He is currently the pastor of New Joy Fellowship. He is also the former Creative Director of Rebel Planet Creations, a company producing fantasy computer games in the Christian genre.
Tom received his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He spent his formative years in Papua New Guinea, the son of missionary parents. This influenced his decision to pursue divinity studies and a religious career.
He makes his home in the woods of Tennessee near Nashville, with his wife, Kari Hilpert, and children.
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