Tom Cocklereece was born in 1955 in Greensboro, North Carolina but subsequently grew up in Carrollton, Georgia. He is married to Janice and has two adult children, Matthew Cocklereece and Dana Perry. Tom has degrees in medical technology, healthcare administration, a Master of Divinity with Biblical languages, and a doctorate in leadership and administration. He has served churches in Tennessee, Alaska, and Georgia where he currently lives. He is a specialist in ministry organizational development, discipleship, and coaching. His first book, "Simple Discipleship" provides a simple church discipleship process churches may use to improve their disciple-making ministries. He plans to offer additional works that build on the first book.