Thomas “Tick” Campbell lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he is a barber and serves as an elder at Grace Bible Church. He is married to Ashley, and they have three young children. 

What do you do every day?

I wake up between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to workout and spend time with Jesus before I begin my day job as a barber. I don’t just cut hair; I build relationships. I make small talk and pray that God creates an opportunity for me to talk about him. Over time, the door often opens and many of my clients feel comfortable enough to unload their burdens, and I share Christ with them. Through the years I’ve moved away from bluntly hitting people with the gospel without a relationship and into building relational currency with my clients.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

I don’t believe all preachers are in the pulpit. Not all ministry happens in the church. Every Christian is a minister and ambassador who deals with souls. Dealing with the souls of men is the most delicate thing you can do. My ministry is in that chair. Some days that looks like praying for people who are sick, offering a word of encouragement, or just having good conversation. Every day I feel the weight that the client in the chair could die tomorrow. If I walk into work with that awareness, it changes the way I approach my job.

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SOURCE: The Gospel Coalition
Jason Cook