2015 Conference Speakers

Scott Ardavanis

Scott Ardavanis is the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California. Scott began his pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church with John MacArthur and also spent seventeen years as a senior pastor in Chicago and California. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics. Scott is a featured speaker at Bible and Pastors Conferences around the world. He also serves as a board member for Josiah Venture, a ministry that reaches out to youth in Eastern Europe. Scott has earned his degrees at Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College), B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott and his wife, Patty, have now been married 25 years and are the parents of 7 children.


Tony Arnds

Tony Arnds is a graduate of the Master's Seminary (M.Div. '01) and has been a pastor at Potter Valley Bible Church since 2002.  He is a professor at the Cornerstone Seminary. He has 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. He lives in Potter Valley with his wife of 32 years, Tawny and their 13 year old son Joshua.


Phil Foley

Phillip Foley is the Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church, where he has served full-time since 1996. Phil came to know the Lord in 1984 through the discipleship ministry of CBC. Phil currently provides general oversight of the church, preaches weekly, and trains and shepherds men in ministry. Phil also has a passion for the next generation having overseen CBC’s Children’s Ministries for many years before he took over the lead pastor role. Phil is one of the board of directors and a professor at the Cornerstone Seminary. Phil and his wife Becky have been married since 1985 and have five children and four grandchildren.


Cliff McManis

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Rev. Cliff McManis has been in pastoral ministry since 1989, where he first began ministering to children at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. He graduated from The Master's College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and earned an M.Div. from The Master's Seminary. He went on to earn his Th.M. and his Ph.D. in Ecclesiology from the Bible Seminary in Independence, Missouri. He went on to do post-graduate study in English at California State University (Los Angeles), California State University (Northridge) and Point Loma University.

Cliff has served in churches in southern California, northern Utah, San Antonio, Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also taught in six different Christian schools. Over the years Cliff has served as a pastor for children, middle school, high school and adults. He is committed to Biblical counseling, personal discipleship, and expository preaching and teaching. He is the author of Christian Living Beyond Belief (Kress Publications, March 2006) and Biblical Apologetics (Xlibris, 2012, www.mcmanisapologetics.com). He is a regular contributor to The Master’s Seminary Theological Journal. He served as a consulting editor for The Transforming Community (by Dr. Mark Lauterbach), and has participated at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). He is a current member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE, www.firefellowship.org) and the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA, www.isca-apologetics.org ). Cliff likes to partner in ministry with other local like-minded churches and is an adjunct professor of Theology at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo (www.cornerstoneseminary.org) and teaches Christian Education at The Master's College (WalnutCreek,www.masters. edu/admissions/cps/walnut-creek.aspx ).

He has served in churches in southern California, Utah, San Antonio, Texas, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been the teaching pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship since its inception in 2006.

In his spare time Cliff enjoys playing basketball, watching basketball, and coaching basketball in his local community. He also enjoys reading about politics and World War II history, camping with his family, playing chess with his four children, listening to good Christian music, wrestling with his dog, following NFL stats and collecting NBA basketball cards. He is the youngest of 10 children and has lived to tell about it. Cliff and his wife Debbie have four children who have lived to tell about it too.


Tony Sanelli

Tony Sanelli is the founding Pastor-teacher of Grace Bible Church. Born in Central America, he arrived at 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 served as a youth pastor, worship leader and now preaching-pastor. 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 in Southern California. 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 three grandchildren.


Doug Thompson

After touring the United States and Canada for three years with a music group, Doug graduated from the LOGOS Bible Study Center and Los Angeles Baptist College (The Master's College)  in 1982. He went on to study at Talbot Seminary, Luther Rice Seminary, and Whitefield Theological Seminary. He worked for Phil Johnson at Grace To You as the first Director of Counseling Ministries and traveled and spoke with Dr. John MacArthur at radio Bible Conferences. He was ordained and commissioned by the Elders at Grace Community Church.

Doug was the founding pastor of Bridge Bible Fellowship in Reseda in 1984. He accepted the call to pastor Middletown Bible Church in 1990 where he has served for 25 years. He has had the opportunity to teach and preach in Romania, the Philippines, Uganda, and India, and has spoken at numerous camps, retreats, and pastor’s conferences. He has taught at the LOGOS Bible Institute, Grace School of Theology and Ministry and is currently Professor of Theology at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California. He has been published in Reformation and Revival Journal. Doug and his wife Janice have been married for 35 years, have four grown children.


2015 Seminar Speakers

Patty Ardavanis (Ladies)

This seminar is for ladies only.


Vincent Bradshaw

Vince was born in Seattle and attended Stanford University and The Master’s Seminary. He has been the Pastor-teacher of Grace Church of Sacramento since its inception in 2003. Vincent is a Professor of Biblical Languages and a Board Member at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, CA. Besides preaching from the Old & New Testaments, Vincent counsels and ministers to adult singles and couples. Vincent and his lovely wife, Nadia, have three children.



Mike Canham

A native of upstate New York, Mike brings extensive pastoral experience. Before seminary, from 1985 to 1997, he served as a pastoral assistant at Middlesex Baptist Church (NY). While in seminary, he taught classes in the Logos Bible Institute at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California. He was also a faculty associate at The Master’s Seminary teaching in expository preaching. In 1997, Penn Yan (NY) Bible Church called Mike as their associate pastor. There he was ordained to the Gospel ministry and eventually served as interim senior pastor. While working on his PhD at Westminster Theological Seminary he taught in training ministries at various local churches. From 2004 to 2005 he served as interim pastor-teacher at Heritage Bible Church (NY). He has also carried on an extensive pulpit supply ministry. Mike continues to serve as a Visiting Professor in the LEAD ministry training program at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC. His ministry has also taken him to such places as Irpin Biblical Seminary in Kiev (Ukraine). Mike has completed additional postgraduate work at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem (Israel), Universite de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland, and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.