pastor tory j. liferidge
Tory J. Liferidge was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Moncks Corner, SC. He is a graduate of Duke University where he attained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and minors in Business and African American Studies. In 2002, he answered his call to ministry and then pursued and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He graduated in 2007. During his studies there, he followed the academic track on Urban Ministry, an area where Tory feels called to serve in his vocation.
While in seminary, Tory served as a Youth Pastor at Heritage U.C.C for one year and Senior Pastor of Christian Community Church for three years; both in Baltimore, MD. Tory then relocated to New York City to serve as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem. This awesome move of God allowed him to join his pastor and long-time mentor, Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr., in the transformative work of ministering the Gospel and community impact.
Tory is now back in his hometown of Moncks Corner, SC where he is continuing his non-traditional and transformative work in ministry. He is now serving as the pastor of Grace Reformed Episcopal Church in Moncks Corner, SC. God has given Tory a passion for people and a heart for service. His vision for ministry is to be a part of a transformative movement that will embrace all people, the arts, the Gospel, and the example of Jesus to impact local communities and the world. Tory fundamentally believes that we can realize this God given vision by empowering one person at a time.
Tory is married to his beautiful friend and life partner, Latashia Penick-Liferidge.