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. Today is ministry is primarily as a coach. He accepts some limited speaking and teaching engagements.
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.) He contributes regularly to several
on-line sites including Faith and Leadership (Duke) and Day One: Key
Voices. He also contributes regularly to Crosscut.com, a on-line
daily news magazine of the Pacific Northwest.
A Northwesterner by birth and at
heart, he lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Linda. They
have three grown children, 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.