Meet the Author
Tommy Daugherty has a private CPA practice in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife of thirty years, Suzie. His quest to learn Christian history over the last three years has changed his life. He is convinced that Christian heritage is at risk of being lost to this generation and that believers must open their books to preserve their heritage.
Tommy is a Founding Member of the Museum of the Bible. The Museum of the Bible exists to invite all people to engage with the Bible through four pillars: research, traveling exhibits, education, and a museum currently under construction in Washington, D.C. In 2017, Museum of the Bible will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum in Washington, D.C., located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol. As of 2015, their traveling exhibits have visited six U.S. cities and four other countries, with new exhibits and locations continually being planned. For more information, visit: https://www.museumofthebible.org.
My Christian life began in 1970, at the age of nine. However, my spiritual growth was non-existent until my college years, where I was fortunate to meet several believers who were not afraid to express their faith. It was also during my college years where I was first challenged by the realization that I knew very little of my Christian heritage, nor did I have any interest in learning it.
I received my degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1983, married my college sweetheart Suzie a year later, and we continued our journey through life. Our journey was not easy. Early on I experienced great stress as I studied to pass the Certified Public Accountant examination, which at the time had about a 5% passing rate. I passed and opened a private CPA practice in Knoxville in 2000.
God blessed us with two daughters over a five year period. Each has completed their undergraduate degrees at UTK, as their parents did. Each has a strong commitment to our Lord and His church, as their parents do.
My faith in the scriptures has always been strong, as is my confidence in the Christ who died as an offering for my sin. Also, I am a very curious and inquisitive person (which helps me a great deal in my profession). I believe in a sovereign God who loves me and desires to have a close relationship with me, as He has done with believers through the centuries.
However, it wasn’t until I began a deep study of my Christian heritage while developing a course about the history of the English Bible at my church, that I came to realize the importance of tracing my heritage back through the ages. The more I studied, the more I wanted to know. It was like discovering a new world tracing Christianity forward from Antioch. As a Baptist, I knew almost nothing about the Catholic, Orthodox, or other Protestant denominations. However, I am certain that believers would benefit greatly from knowing about their shared heritage, just as I have.
My passion is to bring the message of Why Your History Matters to as many churches as possible. My prayer is that God would use my book to light a fire of interest in Christian heritage that can unite believers.
A final thought, when I am asked “why me?” or “why now” with respect to my book, I can respond that CPAs and attorneys are considered to be the equivalent of scribes in an era where history is under assault. It has never been more important to remind believers of their heritage.