Our Pastors

10525639_10152530192590067_592151753211110479_nTony and his family planted Blacksburg Ablaze on the Virginia Tech campus in the fall of 2011.  He is also founder and President of UPower – a global alternative energy start-up initially focused on wind and water power.  As a serial-entrepreneur, UPower is Tony’s fourth technology startup in the last 23 years.  He has been in just about every form of ministry support possible: full-time support staff, full-time paid, full-time volunteer, bi-vocation, tri-vocational and everything in between.  In addition to pastoring Ablaze, Tony feels led to serve and minister out in the marketplace where he is able to share his faith with a much more dispersed group.


Married to Desiré in 1984, just before starting their senior year at Tech (which is a huge accomplishment when you consider the financial instability of being an entrepreneur), they have three biological children and many bonus kids “adopted” through the many years of ministry.  Tony, Desiré and their two oldest children are all 4 graduates of Virginia Tech.  Tony graduated in 1985 with honors degrees in Psychology and Marketing.  He also received an MBA from the College of William and Mary in 1987.


Tony sits on the Board of Total Health.  A non-profit, medical-missions organization that starts and supports clinics throughout Central America.


For entertainment / relaxation, Tony likes to read, travel, build retaining walls, and landscape.



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Nick has been faithfully serving in ministry since he was 12 years old. His ministry experience ranges from Sunday school teaching, to Bible study leading, to mission trips, to worship leading, to preaching and teaching. His work situation consists of working with children as much as possible in the hopes of impacting future generations for Christ on a consistent basis.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Marketing Management degree in 2014 and married his wife Emily in June of 2016.

Nick currently serves as Ablaze’s pastor for worship and teaching.

He enjoys music, discipleship, sports, serving others, D&D, and other games.