Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me. I hope I have the opportunity to meet you in person and listen to your story very soon! When I am not pastoring, I love to spend time doing landscape and cityscape photography. You can visit my Instagram page to see some of my work. Many of these were taken during our family hiking day trips. One of our favorite places in Arizona to hike is Watson Lake just outside of Prescott. We also love to hike along the central and the north coast of California.
We are serious foodies. I am on a quest to find the best tacos in Phoenix. So far my favorite place is Much Lucha Taco Shop. Nearby the church in Buckeye Jacky's is hard to beat. My wife and I love to get out and experience the best culinary gifts that our neighborhood and city has to offer. During my seminary years I served as a barista so occasionally you may find me on my day off at Lux Central, Cartel Coffee, or the Copper Star in Phoenix. Another part of living in the greater Phoenix area that our family enjoys is the proximity we have to seeing some of the amazing mid-century architecture by designers like Frank Lloyd Wright.
Education and Ministry Experience:
Tony and his family moved to the West Valley from Aberdeen, Scotland in 2018. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen. He has completed a Doctor of Ministry from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, and has a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has over 20 years of ministry experience across North America in surrounding areas of major cities which include Tampa, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Sacramento, and Phoenix. The church's he has served have been as large as 2,000 and as small as 200 people. Some of these congregations were church plants in their first few years of life, others were established for more than a 125 years. Tony is married to Jessica and has two children, Cali and Liam.
In addition to his focus on pastoral ministry, Tony has published in journals and presented theological papers at influential seminaries across North America (Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), and at the best University's in the UK (Cambridge; St. Andrews; Aberdeen; and a paper proposal accepted at Durham). You can learn more about the Rev. Dr. Tony Stiff by visiting his website.