Tom Gaitor Honored with Bishop's Award

June 20, 2014

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. honored Tom Gaitor with a Bishop's Award.  Gaitor is an active layperson at First United Methodist Church Roseville.  Since January, he has served as the church's lay leader.
Gaitor and his wife, Janice, moved to Roseville in 1992 after her retired from a long career with American Airlines.  Shortly after joining the church, he began serving as a member of the stewardship team becoming chair of the team in 1994.  During his tenure, he introduced the "Booster Club" to assist the church in raising money to eliminate the church's deficit.
In 1996, Gaitor became chair of the church council, which is a position he held for 14 years.  He is on the endowment and audit teams as well.  Gaitor was instrumental in establishing the Heritage Honors Awards recognizing people who have gone over and above the call to duty for their significant accomplishments over the years.
Gaitor was one of the co-founders of the United Methodist Men at First United Methodist Church and has been actively involved since its inception.  He has helped with the Monday Feeding Porgram and was an integral part of the Annual Yard Sale, the spaghetti dinner auction, and the thrift shop.  On the fourth Monday of the month, Gaitor comes to the church at 6 a.m. to ensure that the Gathering Inn homeless sheltering program has left the church in good condision and all has been cleaned up.
In the California-Nevada Conference, he has been on the District and Conference Ordained Ministries Committees and board for over fourteen years.
"I believe this caring soul is actively living our call to servant ministry.  He embodies the United Methodist Church mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  He believes the local church is the point where transformation will occur.  He is ensuring that transformation is a big part of the vision of First United Methodist Church," said Stephen W. Pudinski, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Roseville.