Appalachian Connection



 Anthony S. Raffa

Director, AD-SOM


    Anthony "Tony" Raffa, an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Appalachian Ministry Network, an office he was first appointed to by the Network Presbytery in April 2013 and later elected to by the ministers and churches of the network at the 2013 Network Council for a five-year term.

     Reverend Raffa served as pastor of First Assembly of God in Parkersburg, West Virginia, for 10 years, successfully leading the church through a period of growth and debt retirement. Prior to that he served as pastor of New Life Assembly in Summersville, West Virginia. He is a long-time member of the Network Presbytery, having served as presbyter of both Sections Five and Eight. Additionally, he serves as director of the Appalachian District School of Ministry (AD-SOM). Prior to assuming the school's directorship in 2012, he served as its assistant director for 11 years. Reverend Raffa also serves as chairman of the Network Commission on Vision and Strategic Planning (V-COM). In addition to his network duties, he serves as a member of the General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God.

     Reverend Raffa completed his undergraduate degree through North Central University of the Assemblies of God. He later completed his Master's Degree through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. 

     He and his wife Betty have four children and two grandchildren.