P.T. is the youth pastor at First Assemblies of God Church when Nana and Gifty are children there. His real name is “Pastor Tom,” but he goes by P.T. in an attempt to seem approachable to the youth. He tries to act like he thinks teenagers act, which includes going by “P.T.” instead of his real name, and addressing Nana by made-up slang that he thinks sounds “black.” He tries to make God seem “cool” and thus makes himself into “God’s bouncer.” But in his unwillingness to grapple with challenging questions, such as those that Nana pose in Youth services, he demonstrates a certain shallowness in the way that the Pentecostals of Gifty’s youth practice and understand their religion. This contributes to her loss of faith.
P. T. Character Timeline in Transcendent Kingdom
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...believing Gifty, was conflicted about God. Gifty recalls how he hated their church’s youth pastor, P.T. P.T.’s attempts to ingratiate himself with the youth were heavy-handed. Gifty remembers this because when... (full context)
...and suffering to get missionaries for Africa, even though poverty wasn’t purely a racial issue. P.T.’s lack of consideration for the hypothetical Africans was based on the belief that some people... (full context)