About Tommy kiedis

Tommy is a 35-year leadership veteran.

A practitioner and thought leader, he has hammered out his leadership expertise on the anvil of everyday experience, most notably the local church, higher education, and in his growing family. Tommy serves as the Senior Pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Florida. He teaches on leadership both nationally and internationally through Capital Seminary and Graduate School, and with other partners in the US, UK, and Brazil. His passion is helping leaders maximize and multiply the leadership God has entrusted to them.

Tommy holds a Master's Degree in Religion and Education from Mid-America Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  He has been married to Shannan for 37 years. They have six married children, and nineteen grandchildren.

Tommy is the creator of the innovative 3 Hour Retreat, a series of seven personal leadership development tools. He is also the author of Churchill And Dunkirk: Finding Victory Inside Defeat, and the upcoming, Enigma: The Leadership Of LBJ. 

He also blogs at Don’t Ask The Fish, a devotional site full of insight and encouragement.



I write on the leader’s life and work.

Psalm 78:72 says, “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

King David was a powerful leader for God. His life was a potent combination of integrity and skill. Godly integrity is the “center pole” of leadership. Remove it and the leadership tent collapses. The same is true of the leader’s life. When integrity topples the leader topples. At the same time, great character apart from skillful leadership will not get the job done. Both are essential! This blog focuses on the leader’s life (integrity) and work (skill). You can expect a regular dose of leadership insight that is theoretically robust, biblically sound, andpractically applied.