• Friday , 22 September 2017

A Summer 2015 Intern Feature


The Upper Room is often blessed to have dedicated and talented interns and college students who spend a summer or school semester—or two—working in various areas of our ministry. In the summer of 2015, we have had six interns, and we want to publicly say “thank you” to each of them for the work and energy they each brought to our Nashville, Tennessee offices.

Today, we celebrate and thank Tom Dearduff!

Tom Dearduff has been working with The Upper Room for several months as a part-time temp. Not an intern, yet still a student! Tom works with the Interpretation and Development team where he is building digital classrooms for e-learning, writing articles for the Voices blog, and helping out with the Academy podcast. In addition to his work here, Tom writes for the United Christian Ashram (

Tom will graduate this December from Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in Religion and the Arts. He is hoping to continue his education at Princeton Theological Seminary next fall. Tom pursues the intersections between culture, creativity, and Christ, wanting to pragamatize these passions as a professor of theology and humanities. He enjoys traveling to new places, listening to Eric Whitacre on a rainy day, dancing with his niece, Emily, to the soundtrack of Mary Poppins, and afternoon tea.

He is an invaluable addition to the team, and we look forward to seeing him around as he continues to work part-time to the end of the year.


Coming soon: more summer intern features.



  1. Sharon
    August 4, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply

    Thank God for Tom Dearduff!! His hard work and talent have been a great gift to us. And besides that, he’s just a great person.

  2. Anne Leonard Trudel
    August 4, 2015 at 10:51 am Reply

    Hi, Tom…just a note to let you know how much we appreciate all you have done during your tenure here. Glad you will be continuing with us for a few months more. Sounds like you are staying busy!
    Anne Trudel

  3. Marti Williams
    August 4, 2015 at 11:21 am Reply

    Thanks for all of your hard work Tom!

  4. Elizabeth Redman
    August 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Tom, thanks for your help this summer–specifically on the SOULfeast program book! Good luck!

  5. Jeannie
    August 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Tom, Upper Room is lucky to have you on board!

  6. Tom
    August 11, 2015 at 9:52 am Reply

    Thanks for all the thanks! I really enjoy working here, because the environment is encouraging and enriching.

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