Prior to coming to Village Presbyterian Church in 2004, Rev. Tom Are, Jr. spent most of his life in the Southeast. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and Yale Divinity School. He was also given a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Presbyterian College. Previously, Rev. Are has served Westminster Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven Oaks Church in Columbia, South Carolina and Riverside Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a sixth-generation Presbyterian pastor.