Tony Barger


Tony’s life scripture is Mark 12:30-31 “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” 


His ministry passion is in Stewardship – of our time, talent, treasure and testimony. He believes that Stewardship is effected in service. As Jesus did, we’re here to serve – God and others. Tony is a local – born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan – with exception of a 2 year stint in Alabama as a child and a 2 year stint in Canada as an adult. He’s attended Dexter Lake since adolescence and served in numerous church capacities over the years.


He’s the oldest child in his family, very happily married to Cori, has two adult children in Rachel & Michael, a son-in-law David and two awesome grandchildren, Thea and Evie.


Ironically, before serving in his current role as Administrative Pastor, Tony had a career at the Kellogg Company in Engineering, having received his degree from University of Michigan. He and Cori both completed their Chaplaincy certification and CAMs study for credentialing within the Church of God. While Cori’s talents and abilities are more creative and Tony’s administrative, it’s their desire to use those gifts in serving our church and community. Their single, united passion and purpose is in hospitality and building relationships. They enjoy spending time with family which includes traveling; staying fit and healthy; enjoying various home projects / hobbies; and antiquing. Tony’s favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which he has watched no less than a dozen times.