Lead Pastor, Preaching, Teaching, and Spiritual Formation
Pastor Mike was born in Wellingborough England and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Raised by godly parents, Pastor Mike attended church every Sunday from the time he was a young child. He felt God’s call of salvation on his life at the age of nine. Upon graduating high school, he began attending bible college to learn more about the bible. It was at bible college that Pastor Mike’s passion for studying and teaching God’s Word came alive and he felt God’s call to full time ministry. He graduated in 1980 from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College with a B.A. and from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1985 with a M. Div. (master of divinity). In 1995, he began his ministry as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in beautiful Paso Robles. He has been married for thirty-two years to his wife Sandy and they have three children; Joel, Brenna, and Kelsey; two cats, and two golden retrievers. Pastor Mike’s passion is to see God’s people develope an intentional, intimate, relationship with Jesus Christ for His glory and their joy. You can email Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor of Leadership and Vision
For over three decades, Gus Bess has been encouraging men and women of God along their journey with Jesus the Christ. A motivational speaker, evangelist, church planter an pastor, Gus loves to share his unique story of being overwhelmed by God’s grace.
Gus grew up in Southern California and Hawaii. As a young man, Gus Bess dreamed of being a United States Marine, which he became in 1966. But in 1969 after returning home from Vietnam, he wondered what it was all for. The country was in chaos and Gus returned to a United States that was vastly different from the one he left. Physically and emotionally scarred from the war, Gus embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip that left him even more disillusioned with our country. He returned to his home town in California, angry at God while still trying to find the meaning of life. It took a small town Baptist preacher named Allen Billington, and a mission trip to the Navajo Indian reservation for God to get Gus’ attention. Gus finally stopped running and surrendered his life fully to the Lord Jesus Christ and his life has been an incredible journey since. Gus uses three simple words to describe his life and what God has done for him; Overwhelmed by Grace.
Gus has planted churches in California, Washington, and Idaho. He has spoken at numerous conferences throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa
Pastor of Family Ministry
Scott Bess and his wife Heather come to us from Tucson, AZ. Scott grew up in a pastor’s family and followed his father’s footsteps into ministry.
He has a BA degree from Chapman University and spent 7 years pastoring in Canada and recently has been working in the banking industry.
Scott’s has a passion for discipleship, community building, family ministries. Scott and his wife Heather have been married for over 25 years and they have 4 children; 2 adult daughters and 2 sons living at home.
Pastor of Student Ministry
Director of Worship
Shelanie pretty much grew up in the church. Her parents are strong believers and raised her accordingly. Shelanie made a decision to live for Christ at a young age and quickly began innocently telling others about Jesus.
Shelanie is a classically trained pianist and accomplished vocalist. She has been performing vocally and instrumentally since she was very young. She is thankful for the many opportunities given to her as a young girl to offer her musical gifts to the Lord during special music times at her church. These times as well as High School Debate, and other opportunities helped her to be comfortable performing and speaking in front of large crowds. She has an abundance and variety of musical experience including directing many different types of choirs, leading many Sunday morning services, accompanying on piano: soloists, choirs, and orchestras. She has won several piano competitions and been the featured piano soloist in orchestras. Shelanie has performed vocally as a soloist in many Grace Bible Church Choir concerts and events.