Tom Ravasio comes from a large family of eight brothers and sisters. Tom grew up with a passion for horses, which led him to work after school and on weekends at a ranch in his community. There he became an experienced rider and owned two of his own horses.
He left home at the age of 18 and moved to Florida to pursue a new life. Two years later Tom met a man who eventually earned his trust and led him to faith in Jesus Christ. That took place on July 4, 1982. A radical change was evident in Tom's life and he immediately began to serve the Lord through his local church and then with the missionary organization "Operation Mobilization" on their ship "LOGOS". This missionary experience took him to over 24 countries through Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, the Eastern Coast of the United States and Canada. It was during this two-year term that Tom met his wife Karen and they were married in December of 1986.
Tom then returned to Florida for ministry studies at Trinity College of Florida. Tom earned a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministries, graduating in 1991. Late in 1991 Tom began to sense the Lord leading him to return to the place where he grew up. He and his family returned to Monongahela, PA in July of 1992.
While at home, the Lord began to merge his childhood love for horses into a camp ministry calling. Shekinah Western Camp became a reality during the summer of 2002. He is also the author of the "LORD of the HORSES" book series which has captivated the imaginations of hundreds of youth and adults.
Tom and Karen have three daughters and three grandsons. The Ravasio family lives on a 20-acre farm where Tom enjoys caring for his horses and spending time with his family. He also serves as the Staff Counselor and Associate Pastor of Journey By Grace Free Methodist Church in Belle Vernon, PA.