Tom and Bonnie Nusbaum were raised in Northern Virginia; Tom on a small farm in Oakton and Bonnie in the Falls Church and Fairfax areas. Bonnie graduated from Fairfax High School and Tom graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna.
After serving in Vietnam, Tom graduated from George Mason University in 1973 with a BA degree in Political Science, minor in business. Tom worked for the USDA Rural Utilities Service for 25 years as a regional director overseeing a lending program for America’s rural electric cooperatives before working for another 11 years for the Cooperative Finance Corporation in Herndon. Bonnie graduated from the University of Delaware in 1973 with a BS degree in nursing. Bonnie worked for Fairfax County as a public health nurse for 8 years and for Christian Assembly Academy in Vienna, Virginia as a teacher for another 13 years.
Tom and Bonnie have two sons, Jeremy and Eric, and four grandchildren! Jeremy and Eric’s families are members of Shepherd Gate as well, and serve the church in many ways, including both sons being deacons of the church.
Tom and Bonnie were charter members of Shepherd Gate Church and have served in various ministry roles. Tom serves as an elder and the church administrator.