First Lutheran Church

astor Thomas Beaverson was born and raised in Defiance, attending St. John Parochial School and Defiance High School.  After graduating High School, Reverend Beaverson enlisted in the United States Air Force and served over 24 honorable years.  During that time serving in the Air Force he was conferred many college degrees.

After retiring from the Air Force, Reverend Beaverson attended Zion Lutheran Church Rapid City where he was first hired as Youth and Development Director.  During his first year at Zion, the itch and call were there, and off to Concordia Seminary St. Louis he went.  In 2003 he was Ordained and his first call was to Zion Lutheran Church & School, Rapid City, South Dakota.

Reverend Beaverson is married to Lisa Marie (Nelson) Beaverson and they have three children, Ryan, Kriste, and Stacie. and have seven grandchildren.  After 11 years at Zion Lutheran Rapid City, Reverend Beaverson accepted a call to First Lutheran, Inverness Florida where he continues to serve as Under-Shepherd to the Flock.

Reverend Beaverson's interests are: Golf, Flea Markets, Horses, Reading, Fishing, and last but not the least...Disney World! 

Pastor Beaverson's most remembered event while in the Air Force was being a Russian Escort from 1992-1994 while with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (SART) at K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan.  As a Pastor...Baptisms, Baptisms and Baptisms!

Our Pastor's Favorite Song