our team

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  • tony marr, executive director

    Tony is a co-founder and director of Higher Ministries. Before launching Higher Ministries, Tony served in the local church in the areas of youth, worship, and associate leadership. Tony has been a part of four church plant teams and launched two non-profit ministry organizations. Tony is currently the Lead Pastor of Discovery Church in Bristol, TN/VA. Tony specializes in helping people and organizations discover and implement vision, tell their story, and recognize their leadership potential. 


    John is a co-founder and director of Higher Ministries. From 1991-2004, John served as the founder and Executive Director of Choices Group, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Choices provides Drug Court treatment services to several drug court programs throughout Nevada. John has served on several planning and curriculum development teams with NADCP and NDCI, has served as an instructor with the Institute since it's inception and has taught throughout the United States and internationally on drug courts, treatment, drug testing, and leadership. John is a saught after conference speaker and travels frequently working with church, secular, and government agencies around the world in the areas of team development, leadership enhancment, burnout prevention, and crisis managment. John also serves as the Executive Pastor at Boones Creek Christian Church in Johnson City, TN.

  • bruce montgomery, director of church leadership

    Bruce is a co-founder and director of Higher Ministries, as well as a professor Milligan College. Before joining the Milligan College faculty, Bruce spent twenty-seven years, most as a senior minister, in congregations of Ohio, Indiana, and Texas. Since receiving his Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication specializing in organizational relationships and commitment, Bruce has consulted both for-profit and non-profit organizations, trained sales representatives, and consulted with congregations and church staffs in the area of conflict management, relationships, planning, and team building.