Superintendent of Pastoral and Church Health
Tony likes to call himself a “counselor who speaks.” His desire is to encourage individuals and families to walk away from religion and a fear of man and to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus for solutions to past traumas (Matt. 6:33). Before becoming the Superintendent for Pastoral and Church Health, Tony was a full-time professor at Barclay College where he developed the graduate program and became the Director for the Master of Arts in Family Ministry Degree. Tony earned a Master’s in Family Studies/Therapy from Friends University and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Family Life Education and Consultation. He grew up in Greenleaf, Idaho where he attended Greenleaf Friends Academy throughout high school and went on to earn his undergraduate degrees in Christian Ministries and Bible at Friends Bible College (now Barclay College) where he met his wife, Stacey. He has been an instructor at Kansas State University, Manhattan Christian College, and Phoenix Seminary, and a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University and Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Wheeler has served as a youth pastor, an associate pastor, a church planter/senior pastor, and a family pastor/director of counseling. He has also been a counselor in private practice for over 27 years and a speaker for 20 years. Tony and Stacey co-founded the non-profit ministry Family Ministry Institute, doing business as Wheeler Ministries, to provide help and hope to individuals, marriages, families, and church teams and to teach and minister in the areas of marriage, self-identity, and finding healing and hope in Christ. Tony is a contributing author in the book Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World through Moody Publishers, November 2018. He has been a featured speaker on Focus on the Family radio, Moody Radio, the Chris Fabry Live! Show, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and The Blessing 101 and 201 DVD series with Dr. John Trent. He has been married to Stacey since 1987 and has three adult children and five grandchildren. Tony and Stacey enjoy living in the Kansas City area. Tony also enjoys being with his family and his golden retriever, Chloe, golfing, taking drives with Stacey, and drinking coffee.