Tony Bryce, BA (Hons), MA, Dip.SW, PGCE, is lead Pastor to Olive Branch Community Church, the lead Pastor-Teacher at Olive Branch Academy, the Founding Director of Olive Branch Bradford Ltd and the Managing Director of the Optimum Living Education (Olive) Project Ltd.
Tony has worked in education and social care settings with children, young people, adults and family groups since 1989, and is a former Advanced Practitioner, Nurturing Futures Trainer and Child and Family Guidance Team Leader within an Educational Psychology Service. Presently, Tony works as an Adoption Manager alongside leadership of Olive Branch Community Church.
Developer of numerous innovative optimum living education programmes and concepts including, the venture education resource, Principles of Creation©, (2004); Nurturing Futures, Supporting Your Child's Emotional Health and Resilience, (2007); TACTICS - Wisdom from the Beautiful Game© (2013) and Fitted and Furnished: the Olive House Model© (2014), Tony is regarded as an insightful and creative bible teacher and life skills trainer who emphasises the practical use of knowledge from God's two books: the book of nature and the book of scripture, for personal spiritual growth and for understanding and handling the issues of life.
As early as 1984, Tony served in a range of local church ministries, primarily in the field of Bible teaching and Christian education. In 1987, to satisfy his passion for in-depth study of scripture, Tony began undergraduate studies in Bible and Theology, completing with distinction several semesters in Bible, Theology and Ministry. Tony's first experience of local church leadership came in his mid-30's when he and his wife Dee served within the leadership team of an 850 member church.
On Saturday 11th August 2012, with hands laid on them, Tony and his wife Dee were released into pastoral ministry with the blessing of their former Pastor and other ministers of the Gospel.
Dee, a sought after women's mentor, events manager and workshop facilitator, is co-pastor to Olive Branch Community Church and a Founding Director of Olive Branch Bradford Ltd.
With a lead role in conference planning and the operational aspects of the ministry of Olive Branch Community Church, Dee is also founder and director of Flourish, our ministry to women.
Founded in the Autumn of 2012. Flourish hosts and organises spiritually, socially and emotionally rich events and learning experiences for women to further their personal growth and to find in the company of other women the wisdom of God for the circumstances of life.
From prayer breakfasts, to conferences, enterprise days, coffee mornings, fundraisers and spa retreats, Dee's passion is to enable women to express their God-breathed gifts and abilities; to see them well and doing well. A Business and Finance graduate, Dee is currently employed as the Grants and Corporate Partnership Manager for a national Christian Charity. Dee has a wealth of experience in project and people management and is respected for her wisdom and insight.
Married in 1993, Tony and Dee are parents to Joseph and Jayden.