Pastor Cliff's Bio

Pastor Cliff 1Rev. 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, 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, and the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA, ). 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 ( 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.