Tony is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He served four congregations over a thirty year period, before creating his own practice as a speaker, teacher, consultant, coach and author.
Tony is the author of twelve books.
His most recent book, co-authored with Robert W. Wall, is "Called to
Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day," (Eerdmans, 2012).
Another recent publication is his two part "Exodus: A God Is Still
Speaking Bible Study," available from United Church Resources/
Pilgrim Press. His "Transforming Congregational Culture" (Eerdmans,
2003) is a best-seller that is in its seventh printing. (A complete
list of his books is at this site's Author page,
under "Books.") He is also a frequent contributor to magazines and
journals including The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, and
Congregations. (You will find a list of his recent articles at the
Author page of this site.)
A Northwesterner by birth and at
heart, he lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Linda. They
have three grown children and six grandchildren, who also live in the Pacific Northwest.
He is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He holds
a Masters Degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from the
University of Oregon. He received his Master of Divinity from New
York's Union Seminary. He did post-graduate study as a Merrill
Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
During his ministry Tony has been
active in refugee resettlement, low-income housing development,
ministry to those experiencing mental illness, and in interfaith
dialogue. For thirteen years he was a columnist for the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer newspaper, writing both Op-Ed's and the "Articles
of Faith" column.
He enjoys cycling, kayaking,
gardening, hiking and backpacking, touch football, various Northwest
micro-brews and red wine.