Thomas McCracken

Founding Pastor

  Dr. Laurie McCracken holds a Bachelor degree in Organizational Management from Bluefield College, a Masters in Special Education (M.Ed.), an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S), and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D), all from Liberty University.  Laurie currently serves as the Director of Education for HopeTree Family Services, headquartered in Salem, VA. Dr. McCracken serves through CommUNITY Church teaching a ladies Sunday School class, heading up woman’s retreats and conferences, and has served as our World Changer mission leader with trips to: WV, GA, TN and OH.     

After serving 14 years of military service, Pastor Tom accepted his first pastorate in North Carolina in 1998.  Pastor Tom and his family have been in the Roanoke Valley since the summer of 2000 serving one local church as the Senior Pastor for five years prior to launching CommUNITY Church on July 10th, 2005. Pastor Tom holds two undergraduate business degrees (management and marketing), one seminary degree, three master’s degrees from Liberty University, an Ed.S degree in educational leadership, PhD studies from Carolina University in Organizational Management, and holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Liberty University in educational leadership. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Western Community College as an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts and Social Science division teaching: World Religions, Old Testament, New Testament, Christianity, and Ethics.
Dr. McCracken was just reappointed by the Virginia Speaker of the House to serve an additional four years on the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, tasked with managing all educational initiatives, including the next Israel Lunar Mission.