Tom Leding Biography
Born a coal miner’s son in
rural Arkansas, young Tom Leding had a burning desire to rise
above his humble beginnings and become a success in the business
world. Following the principles of prosperity he learned from
the Word of God, Tom went on to defy all odds and become one
of Tulsa’s most noted businessmen.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree
in accounting and business law from La Salle University, plus
a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate
in philosophy from Golden State University. Later, Tom also
earned a doctorate in literature from Antioch Christian University.
Even though he started out small in
the business world, Tom kept believing big. As he followed
the prosperity principles he found in the Bible, he began
to rise to the top of his field in every endeavor he set out
- He was chief accountant at American
airlines for nearly five years.
- For twenty-three years, he was
an agent with the Farmer’s Insurance Group, where
he set company records for the largest single policy ever
sold. For seven years, he was also the number-one salesman
among the company’s 14,000 agents.
- For more than a decade, Tom ran
a full-service insurance and investment agency, supervising
a staff of ten brokers while he personally managed a multimillion-dollar
portfolio for his clients.
- A member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s
Fellowship since 1955, Tom served for several years as International
Treasurer of the organization, which includes 4,000 chapters
in 154 nations. Today Tom is an FGBMFI International Director
and one of twelve members on the President’s Council
of the organization. He also served on the boards of several
international ministries, often acting in the capacity of
During the 1980s, Tom faced a difficult
challenge when he got involved in some business ventures that
ultimately failed. After doing so well in the insurance business,
Tom watched as his assets were wiped out. However, he knew
he could overcome every setback and climb once more to success
by following the same scriptural principles that had brought
him “from rags to riches” in the past. Since that
time, God has been faithful to bless Tom as He has led him
step by step into this present season of full-time ministry.
Today Tom Leding is a man on a mission,
a minister of the Gospel focused on one thing: fulfilling
the divine mandate God has given him to help lead His people
out of poverty into prosperity. Tom is a much sought-after
teacher who ministers in churches and conferences throughout
the United States, Central America, and overseas. He has also
made appearances on TBN, TCT, Daystar TV, Cornerstone, and
several independent television and radio networks. As he effectively
shares from his wealth of biblical knowledge concerning God’s
will to prosper His people, Tom inspires Christians to break
out of their “poverty mentality” once and for
all so they can enter into the abundant life God has planned
Tom is also the author of several best-selling books, including
Rags to Riches: You Don’t Have To Be Poor; The Making
of a King; Who Said That?; The Leding Action Plan for Success;
and Your Greatest Asset.
Tom and his wife Sue reside in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. They have one son, Ron; a daughter-in-law, Carol;
and two grandchildren, Adam and Rebecca.