Pastor Tony grew up in Illinois, graduating from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Evangelism (Leadership emphasis) from Columbia International University, in South Carolina (Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions). He spent more than 10 years working in Christian higher education, in a variety of roles. His passions though are in developing spiritual leaders, helping people grow more intimate with God and communicating God’s Word. He enjoys just about anything that presents a creative challenge, like oil painting, creative writing, photography, graphic design, web site development and even most recently artisan bread baking. His greatest accomplishment this side of heaven has been marrying his bride of over 10 years and with her adopting and raising their two children.