Rev. Tom Demaree, Founder/Director of Pentecost Walk, has prayerwalked over 23,000 miles across the length and breadth of the country, bringing God’s message of repentance-in-unity to the body of Christ by coming alongside pastors and leaders as a brother and a friend. To date, these joint-efforts have touched all 50 states, involving thousands of churches. As a speaker and singer/songwriter, Tom brings the word of the Lord in a refreshingly plainspoken manner—a safe haven for the listener, whether conservative or charismatic. By God’s grace and favor alone, his life has been catalytic to many embracing a deeper intimacy with Christ, and through that intimacy, rediscovering the joy of His unity with one another.
Tom served on staff under Pastor Jack Hayford in the mid-eighties and two subsequent West Coast churches before devoting himself fully to trans-local ministry in the late nineties. A self-described "Roman Bapticostal," he and his wife, Deanna, have three children and one son-in-law (no grandchildren yet), ages 26-33. When not on the road, they make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Deanna Demaree is the "den mother" of Pentecost Walk. A graceful, generous and talented woman with an ever-present passion for God's presence, she never craves the spotlight, preferring to serve behind the scenes. From singlehandedly driving the 40-foot RV during the first cross-country prayerwalk (while simultaneously caring for the entire team) to editing Tom's writings, she is a full-partner in every sense, behind every good thing in Tom's life and ministry.
Rev. Kevin Roberts is a passionate servant-leader and a loyal friend. He and his wife, Vikki, spent their first five years of marriage helping to plant a church in Wyoming before moving back to their hometown in Oregon, where Kevin was the Worship Pastor of a thriving fellowship in the Portland area. A gifted musician and exhorter, God uses Kevin as an evangelistic torch to both ignite-and-rekindle hearts unto intimate relationship with Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom.
Kevin has been Tom's "captain" since the first steps of the mission in 2001. He and Vikki feel a strong kinship to the RU4ONE vision, but an even stronger bond with Tom and Deanna, whom they've known since their high school days, when Kevin played drums in Tom's worship band and Vikki babysat the Demaree kids. All these years later, Kevin and Vik have five beautiful kids of their own, from ages 11 to 22. They make their home just outside of Franklin, Tennessee.
This ministry wouldn’t be possible without the selfless efforts of countless missionary volunteers—family, friends, pastors and leaders from all over the country, who have joined together in agreement to see our nation change. There are literally too many names to mention, so many of whom have become the dearest of friends. That said, we want to give special honor to Paula & Dave Miller, who have served us faithfully for over a decade now.
The Body of Christ
Thus far, our prayerwalks have ranged from a handful to multiple thousands, but we believe even more will walk with us, and millions will say “amen” by signing our National Prayer of Repentance.