Welcome to Connected!

The Makarios and Issachar Clusters have come together to form Connected.

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Tony was born and raised in Tasmania, Australia, where he originally prepared for a career in accountancy and finance. After marrying his childhood sweetheart in 1970, Tony and Marilyn began their ministry life together in the Salvation Army College for Officers. During the “Jesus People” movement of the early 70s they became involved in street ministry, working with young people in a non-denominational setting.

When miracles and healings began to follow Tony’s preaching, doors opened around the world resulting in a move to the UK in the mid-70s where the Fitzgeralds worked with the leadership team of a well known youth mission organization.

In 1979, Tony and a team of like-minded leaders began planting local churches which soon multiplied to other nations. Ten years later these churches and ministries came together under the name, “Church of the Nations.”

Today, COTN is made up of several apostolic-led “clusters” or groupings of related church families. Together, these Clusters—served by COTN’s Apostolic Council—are now advancing the Kingdom in more than 50 nations around the world.

Tony’s desire is to see the Church return to a lifestyle of values-based Christianity, simplifying its wineskins to nurture believers in healthy father/son mentoring relationships which help establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
He and his wife Marilyn travel approximately 70% of the year, ministering within COTN as well as at conferences, apostolic gatherings and other church gatherings across the wider Body of Christ. Tony’s ministry inspires people to experience the depth and power of The Holy Spirit, and to better grasp the great love pouring out from the Father heart of God.

The Fitzgeralds currently live in Richmond, Virginia, the base from which Tony & Marilyn together with Keith and Shelley Du Plessis serve the Connected Cluster of COTN-related churches in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. He and Marilyn are blessed to enjoy life together there with nearby family members that include three daughters, their husbands, and twelve grandchildren.

Keith was born, raised and educated in East London. At school he enjoyed playing sport. He has an outgoing personality and has always been a people’s person. Keith and Shelley were married in 1982 and have two daughters.

They have been in fulltime pastoral ministry since the end of 1982, and today they serve as part of that Connected Cluster team with Tony and Marilyn Fitzgerald. Shelley ministers increasingly in her own right, and loves to preach and teach the Word.

They form part of the Apostolic Council of Church of the Nations. Their greatest delight and fulfilment comes from helping Christians understand the power of being correctly aligned, discovering their redemptive purpose and call in God, and then living it out daily.

Keith enjoys sport and loves to travel.