Welcome to my blogsite! My name is Tony Stiff. I have a Bachelors of Arts in pastoral studies from Clearwater Christian College, I have a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in urban missions from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. I have a Doctor of Ministry in the area of spiritual formation from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. This August my family relocates to Aberdeen, Scotland where I will begin a PhD in practical theology at the University of Aberdeen with John Swinton as my Advisor.

Contemporary Studio Family Portrait by Mayumi Acosta Photography in Sacramento CA

I am blessed to be the husband of Jessica Stiff, and the father of Cali and Liam Stiff (see the picture above). I am an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Presbyerian Church. My last pastoral call was as an Associate Pastor at Centerpoint Community Church, a 1200 person church that is over 130 years old. The congregation is located in the greater Sacramento area. In the past I have also served as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church of America. I have over 20 years of ministry experience serving in sprawling metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Sacramento. I have served as a Pastoral Intern, Director, and Associate Pastor in congregations as small as 200 and as large as 2500. Many of the congregations I have served have been in their first 20 years of life, but I have also served in congregations that are more than 130 years old. In each congregation, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to listen to, learn from, and lead alongside all generations.

I hope you enjoy this blog and find it useful. I began this blog as a seminary student in order to have a place where I could share things I was learning. Now it is largely used as a place where I can share materials from my pulpit supply ministry in Aberdeen and reflections I have as a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Occasionally I also post book reviews for InterVarsity Press here because I am a reviewer with them. If you would like to have a fuller view of my ministry samples and find some of my other Social Media links I encourage you to visit my website www.tonystiff.com. Thank you for reading and following my journey here.


Rev. Dr. Tony Stiff