Interim Pastor Tony Tilford
Greetings to the First Baptist family. I am truly honored and excited about being given the opportunity to journey with you for a period of time, as we together serve our great and mighty God.
A little bit of my ministry history: In the summer of 2017, my wife of 36 years, who was also my best friend and copartner in ministry, passed away after a long battle with cancer and an auto-immune disease. This led to my prayerful decision to retire from full-time ministry at age 64 in November of 2019.
Before my retirement I had pastored for 35 years in a wide range of church situations — from church planting, where we celebrated a one-year anniversary, to serving Pennepack Baptist, where we celebrated its 320th anniversary in 2008 (No, there were no founding members present).
In addition to pastoral ministry, I have served as a chaplain in four different capacities: at a psychiatric/state hospital; on an Alzheimer’s unit; in hospice for nearly 15 years; and presently serving as chaplain with The Hope and Help Network, a non-profit organization that I co-founded.
I am sure that I will share more about this as the weeks go by, since there are so many stories to be told about how God moved in these situations.
Most of all, I am looking forward to us creating new stories to tell of God’s gracious working in and through His people.