I actually heard about Tony through my wife, Katie. (See story #31.) She served on a peer panel alongside him and several other youth workers. Shortly after, I discovered Tony and I would be serving on a peer panel together. Everything Katie said about him….totally true. He was sensible and pragmatic, but transparent and authentic. His words were loaded with wisdom and experience. And I was shocked…..because Tony has crossed to the darkside. He serves as a senior pastor.
Recently, Tony and I were spending some time together. I was facing an issue similar to a situation he recently had faced. I was so impressed with his listening ear. I walked away from that conversation NOT with a gaggle of answers (which I wasn’t really seeking anyway.) But I did leave thinking ‘Wow. I would love that guy to be MY pastor.’ His congregation is surely blessed. I hope they know it.