DeWitt T. (Tom) Blackford and his wife, Nina, began attending the Chardon church of Christ in 2004. Tom was born and raised in Chesterland, OH, just a few miles from Chardon. Nina was born in Spring City TN. Tom and Nina met after the passing of his first wife. Tom served in the Air Force then completed his bachelor degree at Miami U. of Ohio in 1972. For the next 10 years he worked in the machine tool industry and then 30 years in the aerospace industry. Tom retired from the Twinsburg division of Safran in the summer of 2014 where he was IT manager. Tom and Nina were baptized in December 1997 at the Streetsboro church of Christ. They relocated to the church of Christ in Chardon where Tom has been speaking and teaching in rotation with the other preachers there since 2006.