About Bayless Conley

Rescued by God’s Love and Grace

Bayless Conley is a pastor, author, and Bible teacher known for his clear presentation of the gospel and the way he applies the life-changing truth of God’s Word to everyday life. Each week his broadcast, Answers with Bayless Conley, is impacting lives around the world in many languages on TV and online.

He shares the answers he found years ago when trying to find fulfillment in his own life. After chasing everything imaginable, he discovered true, lasting hope exists only in a relationship with Jesus.

Bayless and his wife, Janet, founded Cottonwood Church in Southern California over forty years ago. They are the parents of three grown children, enthusiastic grandparents, and together passionately pursue life, God, and family.


Reaching the Unreached

Why Television?

“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,” says Bayless.

“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 Bayless as he prepares 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,” says Bayless. “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 we hope you have the chance to come hear Bayless in person (and bring your loved ones) when he next visits your region.


Our Homebase

Cottonwood Church

“My wife Janet and I are the founding pastors of Cottonwood Church, a thriving church located in Orange County, California,” says Bayless. “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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