Tom Roy is the President and Founder of UPI. After a very brief time in the S.F. Giants organization, Tom went on to a career in radio, taking his first job in West Virginia. Shortly after that he felt the call of God to pursue a college degree and enrolled at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Upon completion of that degree he took a head baseball coaching job at a local high school for 3 years. He continued in that profession, coaching also at the college level for 9 years.
In 1979 God put UPI on Tom and Carins hearts. In 1980 the ministry became a reality. Tom ministered to players thru chapels, in camps and clinics for 28 years. He has had the honor to serve Christ through UPI in many venues, including speaking and conducting clinics in over 60 countries.
Tom and Carin reside in Winona Lake, Indiana and have two daughters, Amy and Lindsay, and 6 grandchildren (Hannah, Luke, Faith, Tommy, Sam and Lainey).
In January of 2008 he assumed the role of President/Founder and now finds himself working with the Advancement of the ministry as well as staying in contact with “UPI alumni” and caring for ballplayers through counseling.
His latest book is Released.
You can visit Tom Roy’s website at www.tomroy.org.
RELEASED tells the remarkable story of the birth, growth, and development of a unique Christian outreach to the world of professional baseball-Unlimited Potential, Inc. Beginning with a phone call from Hank Aaron during a miserable Indiana blizzard, the fledgling work has grown to a world-wide ministry that has impacted thousands through baseball clinics and instruction. Through dozens of anecdotes, the personal stories of changed lives light up the pages of this book.
Q: How did you come up with the idea?
This is a story we felt needed to be told. RELEASED not only gives a history of God working in the game of professional baseball, but tells of hundreds of professional athletes giving of their time and finances to share the great story of Jesus in over 60 countries to the world of baseball.
Q: What kind of research did you do before and during the writing of your book?
Spent 6 weeks looking over every document, newsletter and board minute of the ministries 30 years. Also, requested personal interviews and testimonies from our staff and professional players.
Q: If a reader can come away from reading your book with one valuable message, what would that be?
It is great to be alive, because God is in control.
Q: In your own experience, is it hard to get a nonfiction book published today? How did you do it?
I was fortunate to have a publisher our town that believed in the story and the impact it could have on others.
Q: What’s a typical day like for you?
When younger I found myself on the road often. Having traveled to over 60 countries keeps one busy. On top of that, visiting ballpark to see players, do bible studies and help the families. For 6 years I was the bible teacher or chaplain for the Chicago White Sox. Now, I primarily stay in contact with retired players and families by phone, text and emails. Also write a weekly blog and travel to spring training sites during the spring. Also do a fair amount of public speaking.
Q: What’s next for you?
Hope to speak more about the work of UPI as well as share the love of Christ to as many as I can. A second manuscript is finished, this book dealing with the deep subject of betrayal.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Tom. We wish you much success!
Thanks so much.