Tonya Hairston Ware, a native of Key West, Florida, was born to parents who traveled throughout the United States pioneering and planting churches. Tonya began singing at the age of six and when she was older accompanied her father to local jails providing ministry. After graduating from high school with honors, she enrolled and graduated from Mississippi State University, where she joined a noted campus choir and traveled extensively, singing in churches, special events, and corporate functions.
For more than twelve (12) years, Tonya focused her attention on her secular career, as Benefits and Retirement Planner for a Fortune 500 Company. For her expert knowledge and successful career, she was named a member of the “Top 40 Under 40 Mississippi Business Professionals” on January 16, 2008. Tonya was consistently in the top ten (10) in performance and sales nationwide in her former company.
After marrying her soul mate, Bishop Adrian D. Ware, Tonya and her husband pioneered The Church Triumphant Global, where she also serves as Executive Pastor and Worship Arts Director. She has touched thousands through her leadership and music. Tonya’s passionate single release, “Put My Hand In Yours,” written by Marvin Winans, stands up to some of today’s most noted music – both in mainstream and Christian markets. Tonya’s music video for “Put My Hand In Yours” has been featured on BET, Music Choice, Blastro and more. Tonya has won two “Jackie” Awards from the Mississippi Gospel Music Association. She is a 2009 Stellar Award nominated artist for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year. In 2010, Tonya was named Mississippi President for the Warrior Bride -National Prayer Network, and was elected in 2012 to the Wisdom Team for the International Congress of Churches and Ministries.
She has appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, singing some of her most loved songs. Pastor Tonya and her husband Bishop Adrian Ware are members of the Faith Ministries Alliance under the leadership Dr. Bill Winston of Oak Park, Illinois. Tonya enjoys being the President of the Daughters of Wisdom, a ladies motivational and mentoring group where she shares gems of wisdom on various subjects that have often been overlooked in the traditional church. Pastor Tonya is a gifted and sought out speaker and entertainer. Her transparency attracts people of all cultures, races, and lifestyles. She mentors and coaches ladies in small groups and one on one.
In 2013, Tonya was accepted into summer and online programs to study music with both the Jacob School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana and the Berklee School of Music, Los Angles campus. In March 2015, she released her first inspirational book, “Life Is Your Song”, with famed actor Hill Harper at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
Pastor Tonya is the creator and host of “Saturday Success Church”- Jackson’s Hottest New (1) hour worship experience! Pastor Tonya is active in the Greater Jackson Chamber. She serves as an Ambassador with the GJCP, is a member of TeamJxn, a 2016 graduate of the SBA Emerging Leader’s Program, and a participant in Leadership Greater Jackson.