Tommy Bailey was born (1954) in central Arkansas and grew up in Missouri. He spent many summers visiting both sets of grandparents in Central Arkansas and he likes to call himself a Mo-Ark. His father was a basketball coach and they lived in many small towns in the boot Hill area of Missouri. Both his parents were very dedicated Christians and started a few small congregations when they moved to a town that did not have a church of Christ.
After high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and did a four year tour of duty. Then he got out and spent five years during which time he met and married his wife, Peggy. After they married, and had their first child, they made the decision to do 16 more years in the Marine Corps. These years were successful for Tommy. He reentered as a Lance Corporal then was promoted from Sergeant to Warrant Officer, and was promoted from CW03 to Captain, the rank he held at retirement. During his time in the Corps, they lived in Oceanside CA, Waco TX, Camp Lejeune NC and Okinawa.
During his second enlistment in the Marine Corps he began teaching and preaching whenever possible in the congregations where he and Peggy attended. Upon retirement he returned to Central Arkansas where he and Peggy finished raising their three daughters. During this time he preached part time at a small congregation.
Following the last of his three girls leaving the home he decided he wanted to go full-time in the pulpit. This prompted the move to Spur Texas in 2010 where they remained until 2016. During this time he took the online program with Sunset and graduated in just two years. Sunset offered him the position as Dean of Online Studies. So they move closer to Lubbock and he held this position until 2020. In 2018 he wanted to be back in the pulpit had became the full-time preacher for the Parkway Drive church of Christ. In 2020, Tommy decided he needed to devote all his attention to Parkway Drive. He and Peggy feel very blessed to be part of this very diverse congregation. They enjoy their 3 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. They live on 13 acres in Crosby County with chickens, goats and horses, a dog and a cat.