Tory grew up in western Sydney in a Christian family. He completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney (1999), began a PhD (chemistry) at the University of Sydney and completed it at the Australian National University (2004), and a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College (2010).
In between, he worked in organic chemistry research, completed the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) at Crossroads Christian Church, Canberra (2005–2006), and with his wife was Youth Worker at Flo Harris Lodge, Petersham Baptist Church, Sydney (2007–2008).
In 2010, he was ordained in the Diocese of Armidale and served as curate at South Tamworth. He later became Vicar of Walgett and Collarenebri (2013) and Kootingal and Moonbi (2019). He also serves the Diocese as Chairman of Committees, on the Commission for Evangelism and Mission, and was appointed Archdeacon of Peel in 2021.
Tory is married to Jo and they have two children. He also enjoys mountain bike riding, reading and coffee, and volunteering with his local Rural Fire Service.