Developing Passionate Followers of Jesus Christ has been the passion of Tony Cervero during his 34 years of ministry. Tony serves as the Assistant Superintendent for the Southern California Ministry Network with a strong conviction to inspire powerful spirit-filled ministry that establishes multi-racial, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic Pentecostal Churches. Prior to coming to the Network Leadership, he led the wonderful congregation at Ventura First Assembly of God as Lead Pastor for 16 years. The Church grew by establishing strong prayer ministries, a growing missions emphasis, an effective Spiritual Formation program, innovative outreaches, and strong passionate worship. As a pastor, Tony led with a balanced approach to Spirit-Filled ministry fusing spiritual formation and spiritual experience. First Assembly blazed new trails in effectively serving its community by using its resources to meet the needs of their community. A Tutoring and Resource Center (Clear Focus) for ADD, ADHD, Autistic, and Dyslexic students; a developmental Preschool; Convoy of Hope; and inner-city and Hispanic outreaches are some examples of the ways that members live out their faith in Jesus Christ. Tony founded and is president of the Miracle League of Ventura County, a sports and outreach program for physically and mentally challenged youth and children.
Before coming to California, Tony was pastor in Princeton, NJ serving a congregation that was located next to Princeton University from 1986 to 1993. He also served as the Assistant Director of our denomination’s National Youth Department coordinating the leaders of all national ministries and evangelism as well as laying the foundation for a National Youth Discipleship program.
Tony has an earned doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary (2007 – Doctor of Ministry) in Pasadena, CA; a Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (1981); and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Evangel University (1978).
Tony and his wife, June, have been married since 1991 and have three wonderful children: Annabella (18), Anthony (15), and Isabella (10). They are the greatest treasure of his life.
Tony Cervero, Assistant Superintendent
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