Dr. Tony Mathews has been in ministry for thirty-six years. Thirty-Three of those years have been spent providing pastoral and ministerial care not only to African Americans but also to other races and people from other cultures. For the last twenty-eight years he has served as Senior Pastor of North Garland Baptist Fellowship in Garland, Texas. He has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from The Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tony is the author of There’s More Than One Color in the Pew: A Handbook for Multicultural, Multiracial Churches, and he is a contributing author for both the North American Mission Board’s Journal of African American Southern Baptist History, and for the Next Steps Resources published by the International Mission Board. One section in Tony’s book offers leaders a biblical and theological foundation upon which they can support a multiracial ministry. Such leaders with this foundation can aid in the healing of a racially divided world. He also once taught a course on multiracial ministry at The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
Under Tony’s leadership, North Garland has partnered with the state convention or other churches to plant eight churches, and they have sponsored mission trips for their members to Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Romania, Bangalore, India, Jamaica, Curacao Venezuela, Antigua Guatemala, Nueva Rosita, Mexico, Japan, China, Madagascar, Spain and Laredo.
Tony served as President of the African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the Vice President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He also served two terms as a trustee at Southwestern Seminary and was elected vice-chairman of the board. He’s also a Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient of Southwestern Seminary, a past President of the Southwestern Alumni Association for the state of Texas, and has served as part of the Adjunct Faculty for Southwestern Seminary. Tony is a regular panelist on The American Religious Town Hall which is a syndicated weekly television program in which clergy from various religious denominations debate various religious, political, and social issues.
He has preached, lectured, and conducted seminars in various cities across the United States and has traveled on mission trips to South Africa, India (2 times), Ecuador (6 times), and a vision trip to Montreal Canada. His trip of a lifetime was to the Holy Land in Israel. He loves people and has a heart for pastors. He also has a passion for inspiring pastors to be mobilizers for missions in the local church. He is married to Angela Mathews and they have three adult children.