Tony Sanelli is the founding pastor-teacher of Grace Bible Church. Born in Central America, he arrived in the United States at an early age and came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ in 1979. He first sensed the call to preach and teach when leading the Bible study of a San Francisco Bay Area musical group. This desire soon led to an internship and church planting. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1990, Tony has planted two churches, served as a youth pastor, worship leader and now as preaching-pastor of Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill, CA since 1995. His ministry is driven by the desire to preach and exposit the Scriptures with Biblical accuracy, a Christ-centered focus and pastoral concern.
Tony is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (B.Th.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.). He has written discipleship material for local churches (D.T.P.) that has been utilized in many congregations in the US and abroad, as well as authored “Recovering the Biblical Gospel” and various theological articles. In conjunction with his ministry at Grace Bible Church, he also teaches theology at the Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary, serves on the board and speaks at various nearby and international conferences and camps. He and his wife Sheri live and minister in our community with their three children and six grandchildren.