Grace Works Church announced the addition of Anthony (Tony) Leonard to its pastoral staff. Reverend Leonard will serve in the position of Family and Youth pastor. He has over 25 years experience in Christian ministry, graduating from Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree, and has a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Shorter College.
He is leaving a position as senior pastor at Mt. View Baptist Church in Antioch, Tn., where he has served for the past five years. Prior to that, Rev. Leonard was the Minister of Students & Recreation for 11 years at Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga. He has also had the staff position of Minister of Students at both Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, Tn., and Lexington Baptist Church, S.C.
Tony has extensive experience in working with youth, having been a Math teacher, and football, basketball, softball, and track coach.
He and his wife, Lana and their three children are happy to be moving to Chattanooga.
Senior Pastor Bill Owens said, “Having worked with Tony for 10 years, I know the gifts and abilities he brings to our Church. We are both delighted and blessed to have him join our staff. He has a great personality, devotion to the work, and love for young families. Tony will be a great asset.”
There will be a special installation service on Sunday, April 29, as GraceWorks officially welcomes the Leonards into the Church family. The public is invited to attend. The service starts at 10:30 a.m.
GraceWorks Church, at 6445 Lee Highway, is an interdenominational church celebrating 12 years of ministry to the Chattanooga area. A succinct statement of the church’s beliefs and ministry is, “Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples.”