Rev. Elder Tony Freeman Retires

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Rev. Tony Freeman PreachingHaving completed his pastoral internship at MCC Key West, Tony was ordained in August of 1995. Now with over 25 years of service as clergy, Rev. Elder Tony Freeman has chosen to retire from active ministry as MCC Clergy. Listening to his own words, you will hear that he is not fully retiring!

“Let me first say that MCC will always be an important part of my life. I will continue to pray for our denomination, our leaders, and our churches. I will do my best to try and be available to share my gifts and experience to support the mission and ministry of MCC, if I am called upon. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities to serve our churches and denomination over the past 25 years. I thank God, and you, for the countless blessings I have received during this time. In terms of what’s next for me, I have been hired as the new full-time Program Coordinator for the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) beginning February 1st. There are 49 faith communities in the Network helping to provide support, education, and resources for people living with HIV. Prayers are certainly appreciated as I begin this new chapter in my life and ministry.”

Tony’s service with MCC included:

  • Assisted in starting a new work at MCC South Beach (Florida, USA)
  • Interim Pastor, MCC of the Rockies (Denver, Colorado, USA)
  • Senior Pastor, MCC San Diego (California, USA)
  • Consulting Pastor, MCC Sacramento (California, USA)
  • Served as the Director of Corporate Giving and then as Executive Director of San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and held this position as his AAA ministry.
  • 2012 Director of Congregational Life and Executive Pastor, MCC Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
  • 2013-2018 Director of the Global Office of Church and Ministry Development / Office of Church Life and Health
  • 2016 Appointed as an Elder
  • 2018 Intentional Interim Pastor, MCC of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Gardens (Florida, USA)
  • 2019 Intentional Interim Pastor, MCC Omaha (Omaha Nebraska)

Rev. Elder Freeman has led workshops and training events in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Africa on leadership, fund development, strategic planning, church growth and more. He has received many honors from the communities beyond the walls of the churches in which he served.

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches said: “I first met Rev. Elder Tony Freeman when I attended his workshop on developing teams within congregations, at a General Conference. I was so impressed by his passionate commitment to empowering and equipping our laity, I asked to do my clergy placement (internship) at MCC San Diego, USA, where he served as Senior Pastor. As I got to know him better, I discovered that Tony is a passionate life long learner, totally committed to growing healthy churches that are outward focused and responsive to local needs. He brought this passion to his ministry on MCC staff. We worked together on the Structure Review Team, where he, as Chair, guided us with skill and humour, as we undertook a year long review of the whole MCC structure. It was a huge honour to be a Moderator Candidate alongside Tony and we all witnessed his grace and great leadership during the business meeting at General Conference 2019. As an Elder, I found Tony to be wise, thoughtful and of great integrity. I pray for every blessing on him as he embarks on the next chapter of his life and am so grateful for all that he has given during his faithful and faith-filled ministry in MCC.”

As another MCC staff member and Elder, Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez worked alongside Tony. He writes: “I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to work closely and do ministry alongside Rev. Elder Tony Freeman. I will always remember a workshop that we offered together in Casa de Luz, Monterrey, Mexico. Rev. Elder Tony has been a blessing for many people in his more than 25 years in MCC in different capacities, as pastor, MCC Staff, and as an Elder. His wisdom, his constant learning and willingness have marked my ministry and life. I have read many books in English because of Rev. Elder Tony´s recommendations. Now that God is calling him to a new chapter in his life, we are sure that he will continue being a blessing, that we will have his support, and that he will continue sharing his gifts with MCC. Thank you to Rev. Elder Tony Freeman for his friendship, ministry, commitment, and love to MCC.”

Blessings, Rev. Elder Tony Freeman on your next chapter! We know you will continue to make a difference and be a blessing!

Your expressions of gratitude may be sent to [email protected]

Rev. Elder Tony Freeman