I was raised a normal Southern California kid. Then as a teen, my life began a slow descent. I started drinking and using drugs, and quickly became an addict. It wasn’t uncommon for me to already be drunk before noon. It may sound crazy, but all along my heart was crying out for truth. No matter what kind of drugs I was consuming, it couldn’t fill the void inside me. Years of addiction followed, along with numerous situations where I could’ve died.
About Bayless Conley
Rescued by God's Love and Grace
Jesus is Real
One day, a 12-year old boy came up and told me about Jesus. I was desperately searching for answers, and had tried different religions, drugs, and spiritual practices. Jesus was absolutely dead last on the list of things I wanted to look into. Yet one night in a little street mission, I came to know that Jesus is real and that He would save me. When I gave my life to Him, I experienced His life-changing power and He set me free from my addictions.
New Beginning with God
God immediately began to restore and heal my broken relationships – especially with my parents, whom I had caused so much grief. He gave me good friends and showed me my calling. Today, my wife Janet and I have 3 grown children and we are happy grandparents pursuing God together in full-time ministry. My life is a testimony to the fact that God is a miracle-working God. He can radically impact your life, too, if you will call out to Him with a sincere heart.
Reaching the Unreached
In 1979 while I was worshiping God one night, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying, “You will minister the Word of God on television.” It was as clear as a church bell to me, though at the time seemed absolutely crazy.
I saw a guy in the park one day who had a sticker on his guitar case that said “Answers, they are in the Bible.” I was so struck by that I went out and got one myself, and I put it on my guitar case. That is where the name of our broadcast came from, because the answers to life’s biggest questions are only found in the Bible.
There are so many people filled with questions today. Many write or call to tell us, “We have no church in our city;” so until God raises up a work in their area, we are it for them. Our mission is to meet them where they are with the Gospel so they can encounter our living Jesus!
Answers with Bayless Conley
Behind the scenes
Have a look behind the scenes of Answers with Bayless Conley. Find out how the ministry began; join me as I prepare a sermon; discover how friends like you are helping reach people all over the world week after week.
Global Ministry Outreach
Meeting People Where They Are
I love connecting with people on a personal level. The Answers TV program gives me the chance week after week to reach people around the world with the Word of God. I also get the chance to travel a lot to meet those who’ve been impacted by our broadcasts.
You and I may have never met, but I feel like we are friends. I count it a great privilege to be able to share and hopefully put something in your heart that will help you. And I hope you have the chance to come hear me in person (and bring your loved ones) when I next visit your region.
My wife Janet and I are pastors of Cottonwood Church, a thriving church located in Orange County, California. We truly believe in the concept of local church as the center of Christian community.
There is an old saying that goes, “The light that shines the farthest shines the brightest at home.” We are able to reach the world through our broadcast because we have a strong home base. This allows us to shine the light of the Gospel even farther and in a more powerful way.
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