Thomas Winkler, MEd, OTR/L, TLM Audio-Visual Specialist
Born and raised in Springfield, Pennsylvania and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School. Following High School Tom completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Temple University. He began his career specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation working at Betty Bacharach Hospital Brain Injury Unit. After many years working in Neurological Rehab he specialized in outpatient, upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation. After completing his graduate degree in Applied Technology in Education at Wilmington University, Thomas has dedicated his skills working to increase access for students ages 3-22 with severe disabilities.
Tom currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Lyn of 36 years. He values time spent with family and being part of their 2 daughters, sons-in law, and 6 grandchildren’s lives. He enjoys sharing his love of gardening and animals with anyone who visits the Winkler Farm.
Tom’s interest in mission work began in 1996 with Global Health Ministry. He participated in several primary care team visits to Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Haiti. During his time at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County Tom was a volunteer in High School youth ministry for 20 years. He also had the opportunity to lead teams of students to Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador. His first team visit with Touching Lives Ministry to Sanjweru, Kenya was in 2019 and later that year he was joined their board of directors.
As written in Acts 1:8 “you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.” His Jerusalem is his daily life ministering to whoever God puts in his presence that day. It could be at work, with a friend or family member or just a brief interaction in public. His witness in Judea and Samaria is demonstrated by being a citizen in good standing. Not everyone is called to the uttermost parts of the world but Tom feels that God has equipped him with gifts to share and witness in the small village of Sanjweru, Kenya. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8.