Topic: To Live is Christ
Speaker: Tony Arnds
Camp Skala 2017 is incredibly blessed to welcome the passionate, interesting, and very gifted speaker, Tony Arnds. Tony Arnds is the Pastor/Elder at Potter Valley Bible Church in Potter Valley, CA and is also a professor of Bible Exposition.
Tony was raised on a ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. His only desire was to “cowboy.” Tony married his high school sweetheart, Tawny and together they had two sons, Jess and Joe. With his family in tow, Tony moved on to Montana to pursue a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Montana State University.
Always employed as a ranch hand throughout his education, Tony was the epitome of a wild cowboy. The word “God” was seldom included in his vocabulary unless being used as a curse word. In the winter of 1992 God changed Tony’s life. Through various circumstances involving the ranch job he was working on, the Lord brought Tony and his family to a low point. On a snowy winter day, while feeding cattle, Tony was listening to a Christian radio program, the preacher was J. Vernon McGee and he explained the way of salvation. Tony, feeling heavily burdened, got down on his knees in the cab of the tractor and asked the Lord to forgive him and said, “I no longer want to live for me, but for you Lord.” Not long after his conversion Tony began studies at Montana Bible College . Those four years included Bible College, a summer mission in southeast Idaho, and a year of pastoral internship at his home church. During that time Tony and others sensed the call on Tony’s life to preach and teach the Word. So, Tony, Tawny and their two sons stuffed their belongings (horses included) into a horse trailer and moved to southern California where Tony attended the Master’s Seminary. After four years Tony graduated with a master of divinity degree. His time there included teaching second grade Sunday school, pre-marital counseling, Sunday school curriculum, writing for Grace Community Church, and a term as a vice president of the seminary student body. In 2002 Tony was called to pastor at Potter Valley Bible Church. Upon moving to Potter Valley Tony and Tawny had their third son, Joshua. Jess and Joe are both now married. If any one had told Tony his desire would be changed from herding cattle and training horses to shepherding sheep he would have thought they were crazy. Now his passion is to glorify God in his life and to teach others the life changing truths of God’s Holy Word.