Tony was born in the state of Wisconsin and lived there till he was 20 Years old. May 19, 1984 he married Sherri Gatena. Sherri and Tony were high school sweethearts and started dating one another the fall of 1980. They have three children: Dana Rae (April 19, 1987), Stephen Daniel (July 17, 1988), and Nicole Sherri (May 20 1998).
Tony went to the University of Wisconsin (Rock County Campus) from fall 1982 – spring 1984. The fall of 1984 he transferred to Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in Central, South Carolina. He graduated from SWU December 1988 with majors in Bible, Religion, and Greek. In the fall of 1989 he began studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky. He graduated with a Master of Divinity May 1993. He is currently enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois where he is working on a Ph. D. with concentration in Educational Studies.
He is an ordained elder in The Wesleyan Church where he has served as a youth pastor for five and half years and a senior pastor for fourteen years. He has been the Assistant District Superintendent for the South Carolina District since July 2000.
Tony enjoys collecting and restoring old radios. He does his own cabinet restoration and has recently started doing his own electronic restoration. Tony has radios from the early 1920’s through the late 1950’s; however, he is partial to the 20’s and 30’s. He also enjoys the history of radio and recommends the book Empire of the Air to anyone wanting a crash course in the history of radio.