Tony is Executive Director at United Ministries, the community agency that offers an array of holistic services that help people leave poverty behind once and for all. He became Executive Director at Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) in August of 2003. GAIHN and United Ministries joined together in July of 2016. Prior to that, he served as a Christian educator and administrator at several congregations; most recently, First Baptist Church in Statesville, NC (1996-2003) and First Baptist Church in Clemson, SC (1987-1996). Tony is a native of Union, SC, where his wife’s father, Dr. Hayne Rivers, was pastor at First Baptist Church. His studies have taken him to Furman (B.A. in history, 1979), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1982), and Columbia Theological Seminary (a Presbyterian seminary; Doctor of Ministry, 2001).