Pastor's Corner


Pastor John Anthony McGee, Jr. ("Pastor Tony McGee"), a native of Terre Haute, Indiana, is son to Deacon John A. McGee, Sr. and Dorothy McGee. At the age of twelve, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Second Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Cleytus Malone. At Second Baptist, he served in the youth ministry and was active in Sunday school and the Baptist Training Union Vacation Bible School.

Pastor Tony McGee was educated in the Vigo County Public School System. He graduated from Terre Haute North High School in 1992, where he was an honorable mention All-American AAU basketball player and an Indiana Top 40 prospect. While attending Indiana State University ("ISU") on a basketball scholarship, his collegiate career ended in 1993 after being diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy. Not allowing the heart condition to stop him, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies in 1996.

After receiving a scholarship from Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) and graduating from ISU, Pastor Tony McGee worked as the Youth Programs Coordinator for IBE from 1996-1998 where he was mentored by the late president of IBE, Rev. Charles Williams. While at IBE, Pastor Tony McGee helped to develop programs that impacted thousands of young people throughout the state of Indiana. Some of the programs he assisted in developing included: the SAT college readiness program, Cool-N-Smart computer literacy program and the Indiana School of Champions football and cheerleading leadership camp.

Knowing the importance of education, he returned to his hometown of Terre Haute where he earned a Master's Degree in Management from ISU. While attending ISU's graduate program, he worked with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Cleytus Malone, as the Director of Programs for the Charles T. Hyte Community Center. While at the center he created educational and recreational programs for hundreds of inner city youth from Terre Haute. In November of 2000, he acknowledged his calling into the ministry at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. T.L. Hines, Jr. Being licensed in 2001 and ordained in 2004, Pastor Tony McGee served faithfully at Bethany as an assistant pastor, director of Christian education and youth academy director. He also served as the special assistant to the Moderator of the Union District Missionary Baptist Association, Inc. (National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.) where he created a comprehensive GED program and other outreach initiatives. He was also an instructor for the Congress of Christian Education and served as a part of the Young Pastors and Ministers Division.

In 2006, Pastor Tony McGee joined Eastern Star Church ("ESC") under the pastorate of Senior Pastor, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr. While at Eastern Star, he served as a worship leader, Sunday school instructor and new members class instructor. He also completed the Ministers In Training Class, a two-year program that prepares ministers for full-time ministry. Also in 2006, after much prayer and fasting, the cardiomyopathy that halted his collegiate basketball career was healed. It was after this miracle of God that Pastor Tony McGee decided to follow the call and to prepare for full-time ministry. He studied at Cross Roads Bible College and Trinity Seminary.

In June 2009, Pastor Tony McGee was called to be the Senior Pastor of Zion Hope Baptist Church. He began serving in August 2009. Pastor Tony McGee's professional resume includes serving as a Vice-President for Indiana Black Expo, Inc., Director of Development for HealthNet, Inc. (Clarian Health) and Director of Development for the Circle City Classic were he raised over $5 million dollars in sponsorships from 2002-2006. His service also includes the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the United Way of Central Indiana.

Pastor Tony McGee is the husband of Lady Kim Bates McGee of Indianapolis, Indiana, who is a graduate of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and is currently a full-time accountant at IU Health and a full-time mother. They are the proud parents of Kimara, Kaden, and Joshua. Pastor Tony McGee also has an older brother, Tony Lamont McGee, who had a successful 11 year career in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Giants and is a successful entrepreneur who resides in Orlando, Florida