Bro. Tony Shirley
Pastor Tony Shirley was born and raised in Green County, Kentucky. It was in this small town, in a little country church, Allendale Baptist Church, that Bro.Tony was saved and started his service for the Lord. He served as church pianist and youth choir director at Allendale Baptist for several years before coming to New Manna Baptist Church.
Bro. Tony moved to Marion, North Carolina in 1995 after graduating from Western Kentucky University to teach in our Christian School during its first year. It was also at this time that he met and married his wife Rebecca. They have served the Lord and our church together ever since. In that time, God has blessed the Shirleys with a daughter, Karsen Rene', and a son, Anthony Kooper.
Since coming to New Manna, Pastor Shirley has served as School Teacher, Administrator, Sunday School Teacher, Bus Captain, and Youth Pastor. God continually promoted Bro. Tony, until in January 2004 the church called him to be their pastor with a nearly unanimous vote. Bro. Tony has been our Pastor, preacher, and friend; and we are very excited to see how the Lord is going to use him in the upcoming years.
Bro. Matt McDaniel
Assistant to the Pastor
I trusted the Lord to be my Savior at the age of 11. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home where parents regularly invested time in teaching my brothers and me the Bible. When I was 15, I surrendered to preach in a Sunday night service at New Manna. Another milestone took place in my life when I was 17; I surrendered my life to God on a Tuesday night at New Manna Youth Camp. After attending 12 years in Christian school and ultimately graduating from New Manna Christian, I received my B.A. in Theology from Andersonville Baptist College.
For the last 10 years, I have taught Bible at New Manna Christian School. In 2006, I was hired full time at New Manna Baptist Church as an Assistant to the Pastor. In addition, I oversee our Sunday School Department as well as teach an Adult Sunday school class - "The Producers." I have also served as a bus captain for the last 13 years. My family and I count it an honor and privilege to be a part of such a great ministry!