Tom is offering a song cycle to churches, “Witnesses”, giving glimpses of Jesus as seen through the eyes of His contemporaries.
The songs are rooted in the New Testament, definitively recognizing Jesus as the Son of God while also drawing on imagination. What was it like to be an apostle in the boat during the storm? A bystander when Jesus heals a leper? One of the people who picked up a stone to hurl at the adulterous woman?
The songs are woven together with Scripture passages and narrative, to inspire, uplift, and connect our lives to His timeless one. Tom’s medium is folk music—one guitar and one voice--and he has spent a lifetime honing his skills.
If you are interested in having Tom provide this concert for your congregation, he would be happy to visit one of your church services and play a song or two, as an introduction to his music.
Here are two videos from the concert.
For over twenty-five years Tom Renaud’s music has inspired, challenged, comforted, and spurred me on. We all need companions on our spiritual journeys to give us hope and to point a path forward. I am grateful to Tom and his music for doing both."
Eric Haarer, Monk and Catholic Priest
Spiritual Life Institute, Colorado
"Tom Renaud is a Christ-centered man of God who brings beautiful music to our ears and hearts… Not only is he an excellent guitarist and singer but he breathes out peace, serenity, hope and faith through his songs and testimonies of his life."
Rev. Elaine H. Cho
La Canada United Methodist Church
Tom Renaud committed his life to Jesus at a Catholic high school retreat when he was sixteen years old. At about the same time, he started playing the guitar. His faith and his music have been with him ever since.
Tom began his adult life as a special education teacher. But a desire to follow Jesus radically led him to join a Christian monastic community in 1982. He was a monk for 25 years, which has had a profound effect on his life and has rooted him in Scripture, prayer and study.
In 2005, Tom left the monastery and returned to teaching. He worked in a variety of schools until 2018, when he retired and moved to Florida with his wife, Lee.
Throughout his life Tom has written songs, performing them in a wide variety of settings. He has made 10 recordings of original music. In his retirement, Tom looks forward to a using his music and other skills to proclaim the goodness of God and the reality of Jesus Christ alive and with us.