Anthony R. Casey

Personal History and Family

Tony was born in the state of Wisconsin and lived there till he was 20 Years old. May 19, 1984 he married Sherri Gatena. Sherri and Tony were high school sweethearts and started dating one another the fall of 1980. They have three children: Dana Rae (April 19, 1987), Stephen Daniel (July 17, 1988), and Nicole Sherri (May 20 1998). Dana is a Senior at Southern Wesleyan University majoring in English Education. Stephen is in the military: Army National Guard and is currently in Ft. Sill, Ok.  Nicole is a 5th Grader at Six Mile Elemetary in Six Mile, SC. Sherri owns her own cleaning business with clients in Pickens and Anderson counties in the upstate of South Carolina.


Tony went to the University of Wisconsin (Rock County Campus) from fall 1982 – spring 1984. The fall of 1984 he transferred to Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in Central, South Carolina. He graduated from SWU December 1988 with majors in Bible, Religion, and Greek. In the fall of 1989 he began studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky. He graduated with a Master of Divinity May 1993. He is currently enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois where he is working on a Ph. D. with concentration in Educational Studies.


Tony is an ordained elder in The Wesleyan Church. He has served as a youth pastor for five and half years and a senior pastor for fourteen years. He has been the Assistant District Superintendent for the South Carolina District since July 2000. As assistant he chairs the District Ministerial Board of Development and the Pastor’s Gathering Committee. He also serves on the District Board of Administration and the Camp Meeting Board. For a number of years Tony lead a reading group for pastors on the district. Of all the books his group read over the years the following are ones he highly recommends for pastors; Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels, How Now Shall We Live? By Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcy, Soul Survivor by Philip Yancy, What’s So Amazing about Grace by Philip Yancy, They Call Me Pastor by H.B. London, and Failing Forward by John Maxwell.


Tony enjoys collecting and restoring old radios. He does his own cabinet restoration and has recently started doing his own electronic restoration. Tony has radios from the early 1920’s through the late 1950’s; however, he is partial to the 20’s and 30’s. He also enjoys the history of radio and recommends the book Empire of the Air to anyone wanting a crash course in the history of radio.

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