Our Story

Tom Treece and his wife, Renee, live in Monroe, Michigan, and cherish time with their sons, John and hiswife, Kristi, and Nathan.  It should be also known that two of the greatest delights of their lives are their grandsons, Nathan’s sons, Drake and Gaige. 

Tom attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and the Monroe County Community College before being drafted into the United States Army in 1968 where he served with the Americal Division's 11th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War.  

Born and raised in the Southeast Michigan town of Monroe, Tom is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and former MCA Recording artist who leads the Contemporary Christian Music group, “Tom Treece & Cross Point,” and is composer and vocalist of his current CD single, “The Wide Road.” 

The former Administrator for the City of Luna Pier, Michigan, is author of “But What Do I Know?” a weekly column read Mondays in the Monroe Evening News, and, with Renee, founded Guided Ministries that features Tom as a singer as well as a motivational and public speaker.  (For booking information please click on the “Guided Ministries” tab above.)

Tom is also the author of two books.  “The Ghost Closet: Return to Vietnam on the Wings of D.O.V.E.,” is about his and Renee’s 2001 return to Vietnam to build schools with the humanitarian group, The D.O.V.E. Fund, of which he is a founding member and currently serves as Secretary and sits on its Executive Committee.  All proceeds from this book were used to fund and build the Pho Phong Elementary School in the Village of Duc Pho near where he served during the war.  He and Renee traveled to that Asian nation in March 2008 to dedicate the school which now educates 883 children, many of whom are undoubtedly great grandchildren of his enemies during the war.  He is also extremely proud of the great work the D.O.V.E. Fund has done since its inception in 2000, including the construction of over 40 schools to help educate the poverty stricken children of Vietnam.  

Tom’s second book, “But What Do I Know?” is a seven-year compilation of his weekly newspaper columns.  He is currently at work writing his new book entitled, “The Mustard Seed: Lord, If You’re Really There,” a memoir of his and Renee’s journey of faith.

He is also currently working on “Coming Full Circle,”  a new CD of Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music that has influenced his life and musical career.

Tom is a founding member and former president of the River Raisin Centre for the Arts and has a rich history of community service that includes winning the Monroe County Commissioner’s Minuteman Award for service.  He served 17 years as a TV Master of Ceremonies for the St. Michael’s “We Care” Telethon- that raises money for children with debilitating diseases whose parents have either no insurance or have exhausted theirs as the result of their dilemma - and 16 years serving with the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant.

He is a life member and former Junior Vice Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Monroe Post 1138, and is past president of Monroe County Chapter 142, Vietnam Veterans of America.

Renee, also a Monroe native, spent 22 years as owner/operator and chief nail technician of three hair and nail salons in her hometown area, retiring only after the removal of three brain tumorsin January, 2006, left her paralyzed from the neck down and permanently disabled.

The medical community that offered no hope prior to surgery again offered none for total recovery from the paralysis.  However, this woman of great faith placed her trust in the God she serves and with His help worked tirelessly to regain her faculties.

During a three year period and in addition to brain surgery and paralysis, Renee endured a complete hysterectomy, Carpal Tunnel surgery on both wrists (after a rigorous ordeal of learning how to walk all over again) and suffered a broken foot.

Tom shares in his testimony, “Never once did I hear ‘Why me?’ or ‘Why God?’ or ‘Poor me!” from her.”  He also believes there is truth in the words shared by an observer that “Renee is the example God is using to give hope to others with similar problems.”  

(To read more about her ordeal, her faithfulness and the miracle recovery God has given her, click here or on the picture. Also, watch for the new book Renee is currently at work writing – “The True Color of Red” – that details a revelation given to her in a vision from God)

As the result of her disability she was forced into retirement and currently manages the business of Guided Ministries and handles all bookings for Tom.  She also has become an in-demand motivational speaker of her own right and her testimony of how God’s mercy and grace healed her and kept her sane throughout her trials seems to always reduce her audiences to tears.

Renee is a former member of the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant Board of Directors and is a previous Ambassador to the St. Michael’s “We Care” Telethon of which she co-chaired in 1992 & 1993.  Uniquely enough, it was during this telethon that Tom appeared as a performer and was smitten by the former Monroe High School Homecoming Queen.  After an extended romance they were married in 1998.

 Renee and Tom are members of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and share a zest for life that is infectious to those with whom they come into contact.  It is their hope that others will visit this site and be inspired to seek a personal relationship with the source of their happiness, Jesus Christ.