St. Louis Social Leader Sews Together Community, One Story Thread at a Time

Self-proclaimed ThreadHeads especially noticed a beloved member of the St. Louis Fox 2 television family is baaaAAAAaaack!! Tim Ezell returned to news television last fall as a feature reporter weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. Prior to that, viewers have followed him on his unique faith-based television show about his grassroots movement to thread together communities and cross-denominational churches, arm-in-arm. 

For the past two decades, Tim created love and laughter on regional television. Viewers never knew what to expect when tuning into Fox 2 News in the Morning, due to Tim’s antics. Some say he served as the comic relief at Fox 2 for 16 years. He says he enjoyed bringing smiles to the people to start their days.

Tim left Fox 2 in 2014 to be a full-time pastor at The Journey church in south St. Louis County then returned to St. Louis TV in 2016 with a show called The Thread, which celebrates amazing people in St. Louis while shining a bright light on all the great things they are doing and encouraging others to join those efforts. 

The Thread TV ministry, which was co-created with Virginia Kerr, airs on Fox 2 during Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and on KPLR 11 Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Virginia left KMOV (Channel 4) and its Great Day St. Louis show in December 2014. Prior to launching The Thread, she reported news at the religious radio station KLJY-FM 99.1.

Tim returned to the Fox 2 morning beat in October to deliver his unique brand of storytelling.

He’s originally from Fort Worth, Texas, and is a proud graduate of Louisiana State University. He graduated from Covenant Seminary in May 2017 with his master’s of divinity degree. Tim and his wife, Kim, have three children: Halle, Lexi and Andrew.

“I feel like all of this is absolutely my calling. At first, I thought I would have a traditional ministry, with four walls and a steeple. But God had a different plan for me, one that allows me a larger platform and ways to cross more paths with more people,” Tim says. “That’s why it’s so great to be back in this sweet spot at Fox.”

How to Thread Up

The Thread is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spotlighting St. Louis and people who engage in service, revitalization and charitable opportunities.

“We highlight the work being done here and now in our city, celebrate it and invite others to be a part of it,” Tim says. “We desire for people to know God has called them to a particular path, to fill a particular role and be a particular voice in the city of St. Louis and beyond.”

Tim says they also seek to facilitate the joy in giving of ourselves to others, as well as the joy in living in and with “the community.”

“We believe we are most like God intended us to be when we are playing and serving with one another. We seek to educate and encourage people to participate in the many service, revitalization and charitable opportunities to be had in our city while sharing laughs and life along the way,” he says.  

The premise is that many local people want to address the needs around them, but Tim says they don’t know where to start.  

A future goal of Tim’s is to launch The Thread Live! as a once-monthly gathering in a different community in the bi-state area where Tim and his crew discuss that area’s particular needs while introducing folks who can assist one another. 

“It will be a time of fellowship, welcome and spiritual worship,” he says.  

He adds that he also has a heart for young people, citing that technology addiction is a growing problem in American culture with people connecting more with their phones than other people, eroding interpersonal skills and hindering the growth and depth of relationships. 

So, he also wants to host Unplugged events for youth, where they will turn in their phones for two hours and engage in a fun event, such as water balloon fights, scavenger hunts or dodgeball games, and receive a message and hope regarding the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Admission to the events will be a voluntary donation to whatever need is being sought to meet that month, such as school supplies, food items or clothes for the homeless.

“We hope to take the show and the physical ministries to the next level during this new year by growing, increasing our volunteer base and bringing other people alongside me,” Tim says.