Employee Spotlight | Tony Ward

Meet Tony! Southcrest’s middle school pastor.  We wanted to give you a chance to get to know him about his story a little more! Next time you see Tony walking through the church halls, or after you drop your kiddos off be sure to give him a high five and thank him for his Service here at Southcrest.
Q. Where are you from?
A. I’m originally from Daytona Beach, FL. But we moved to Lubbock from the Memphis, TN area.
Q. When did you know you were being called to ministry?
A. It wasn’t until after several years or volunteer service at my previous church that I realized the Lord was calling me to ministry. I had been serving in youth pastor type role for a while, but then I entertained the idea of getting an education and preparing for ministry by attending a seminary. It was right around that time of beginning school again that I knew God was preparing and leading me to a lifetime call of ministry.
Q. What brought you to Southcrest?
A. The short answer is student ministry. Richard, our high school pastor, contacted me earlier this year after finding out that Casey would be leaving  and he asked Sarah & I to pray about coming and doing student ministry at Southcrest. It was a big step of faith and a big change for our family. There were many things to be excited about, and of course other things to be sad or nervous about. But we learned to trust the Lord through all of it…
Q. When you’re not working how do you like to spend your time?
A. I’m really kind of a simple guy. When I’m not working, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family. I’ve learned through life and ministry that my family is the most important ministry I have. I enjoy catching a good concert every now and then.. I’ve always liked to watch movies. Being a drummer, I love music.
Q. What are you reading right now or what’s your favorite book?
A. So growing up, I never liked reading. It was boring to me…but as I got older, especially being called to ministry, I quickly learned that reading was a big part of being a pastor. So the Lord helped me and gave me a new appreciation for reading. I’m usually thumbing or reading through different commentaries depending on what I’m teaching on. But this year I’ve picked up several books on apologetics and have been excited about studying the defense of the Christian faith over the next year or so.
Q. What’s one thing you’re excited about that’s coming up in 2018?
A. So moving to Lubbock presented Sarah and I with the opportunity to build a new house instead of buying one. The Lord has been particularly gracious to us in the whole home buying process. We met with associates from Betenbough Homes back in June and knew they were the company we wanted to build our new home with. Just this week (October 2nd) we learned that our closing date will be Dec. 13th.
Q. What’s your hidden talent
A. I’m a drummer, but that’s not a hidden talent. I’m not sure if this is a hidden talent, but I do know some sign language. My father was completely deaf, so growing up I had to learn some sign language basics. But like any other language, when you don’t use it often, you get rusty.

Q. If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat?