our pastor

Tony G. Crosby, Pastor A lifelong United Methodist, Tony has served in the church his entire life. He has been married to the former Lisa Chapman of Thomasville, Georgia for more than 20 years. Together, they have two children, Nicholas (20) and Natalie (16). Tony began as church pianist at 12 years old at the Weeks Chapel UMC where he grew up and began to direct the church choir as a high school senior. He moved on to serve as pianist and later as organist at the Valdosta FUMC while he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from Valdosta State University. He began his full time ministry career near Augusta, Georgia in 1997 as Director of Music Ministries at the Wesley UMC in Evans, Georgia. He moved into the pastoral ministry in 2004 serving the Unity/Live Oak charge in Lakeland, Georgia. While in Lakeland, Tony completed his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary where he was elected into the International Society of Theta Phi (an honor society for theological students and scholars in the field of religion). 

Tony is an elder in full connection in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He and his family come to Epworth from the Alma/Elizabeth Chapel charge in Alma, Georgia where they served from 2010 to 2015. Tony has not left his music ministry behind. He and his children are found in concert often around South Georgia and he has presented an annual "Tony Crosby and Friends" concert for several years now in collaboration with musicians he has known throughtout the years. These programs have presented a variety of classical, sacred, contemporary Christian, and gospel music and have each been presented to raise funds for missional causes. Tony is often sought out for music and worship leadership in venues throughout the state including conference events and campmeeting services. In addition to musical leadership, he has also taught mission studies and lay speaker courses at district and conference events.