Tom Lancaster grew up in the south Texas town of Port Lavaca. He attended Rice University in Houston and has his own architectural practice in The Woodlands, Texas. He enjoys drawing, writing, outdoor activities, and winning games played against his oldest (and very competitive) grandchild. Tom assists in teaching the Bible to inmates at the Ferguson Unit near Midway, Texas, and is on the board of advisers for Grace School of Theology. He and his wife, Gay, have been married for 39 years.