About Tony

Life Verse: Philippians 3:8-10

Favorite Christian Contemporary Artist: Its a close tie between THIRD DAY & the DAVE CROWDER BAND

Favorite Mainstream Artist: It has to be ONE DIRECTION…sorry Bieber…im totally over you!
* truth be told I listen to just about every genre of music and have favorites from each.

Favorite Saying: “True Story”  &  ‘Sprinkle Cheese” top the charts.

Favorite Food: If it is non-poisonous, digestible & tasty – well then lets just assume I’ll like it.

Stuff That Matters

I am an unapologetic lover of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been in student ministry for nearly seven years now and have served at churches in both Ohio & Indiana. I graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Religion Education and currently (as of January 2013) enrolled in Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University – seeking a Masters degree in Youth & Family Ministry.

I have been married to Kelli M. Gualtieri (Roper) for the past 14 years and together we have two daughters; Olivia (9) and Claire (5). Kelli is a certified teacher who is currently working as a substitute in the Fort Wayne Community Schools. Olivia is a very smart & affectionate young lady who is in the 3rd grade at Glenwood Park Elementary. Claire is a rather crafty and independent little girl who attends pre-school right here at Faith Baptist Church.

When not hanging out with my family or working on our home, I love hanging out with students. whether it be in their lunch-room, an after school activity, over a cup of coffee or even at church, I love talking to them and getting to know what makes them “tick”.  My goal is to build relationships with students that are meaningful – not surfacy. relationships that will afford me the opportunities to show them the Jesus that I know, the Jesus that saved me and the Jesus that loves them no matter what. People always ask me what I like most about ministry and I can honestly say that teenagers are the BEST part of my job. The next best thing would be youth leaders…especially the kind that glare at you from across the room and give you that “what in the heck were you thinking????” look – thats right, you know who you are.

There it is, my brief bio. If you would like to get to know more about me or my ministry here at Faith Baptist Church, please feel free to give me a call at either 740-361-6513 or 485-1646. I would love to sit and chat over a cup of coffee & some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (hint hint hint hint)!