On January 1, 2007, Tony married Rev. Clare Watson Chance. Clare is the senior pastor of Avondale United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. They share four daughters. Tony is the proud father of two grown daughters: Devon, an elementary school teacher in Germantown, Md.; and Lauren, who has completed her Master of Divinity Degree at Duke and is now serving Park HIll United Methodist Church in Denver. Clare's daughters, Lela and Emily, have graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law, and Wake Forest University, respectively. Emily got her Master's in Accounting and works for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Charlotte. Lela has passed the Bar in Georgia and is an Assistant District Attorney in Albany, Georgia.
The Chances are also obnoxiously proud grandparents of Lincoln, who is eight; Miller, who is six; and Carter, who is six.
Tony and Clare and their two dogs live in the San Marco area of Jacksonville.
You can email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tony Chance has been performing in a variety of locations around the world for over 40 years, delighting his audiences with wonderful music, theatrics and humor. Tony was still a teenager when he began singing at Al Hirt's place in the French Quarter of New Orleans... he played and sang in Las Vegas, London, New York and Florida... Tony performed with stars like Don Rickles, Jackie Gleason, Mike Douglas, Frankie Ford, the list goes on and on.
But in 1995, Tony gave up the bright lights to answer a different calling when he began the process of becoming a pastor. Tony completed his formal theological education at Duke University Divinity School and was commissioned by the United Methodist Church as a pastor in 1998. He served as the Pastor of Worship and the Arts at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale until his appointment in 2007 as the senior pastor of Azalea Park and then Faith United Methodist Churches in Orlando.
Today, Tony is enjoying serving as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
While you can take the pastor out of the performance, you cannot take performing out of the pastor... Tony has continued his evangelical outreach in supper clubs and other secular venues, even while he has continued to use his gifts in preaching and teaching.
The Tony Chance Music Ministry offers Tony another way to reach out to share Jesus' love, especially with folks who feel far from God.
Tony travels to churches around the state with a self-contained worship concert. The message is simple, but life-changing-- a description of grace that can be heard and embraced by people who might never step foot into a regular church service.