Gus Bess

For over three decades, Gus Bess has been encouraging men and women of God along their journey with Jesus the Christ. A motivational speaker, evangelist, church planter and pastor, Gus loves to share his unique story of being overwhelmed by God’s grace.

Gus grew up in Southern California and Hawaii. As a young man, Gus Bess dreamed of being a United States Marine, which he became in 1966.  But in 1969 after returning home from Vietnam, he wondered what it was all for. The country was in chaos and Gus returned to a United States that was vastly different from the one he left. Physically and emotionally scarred from the war, Gus embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip that left him even more disillusioned with our country. He returned to his home town in California, angry at God while still trying to find the meaning of life. It took a small town Baptist preacher named Allen Billington, and a mission trip to the Navajo Indian reservation for God to get Gus’ attention. Gus finally stopped running and surrendered his life fully to the Lord Jesus Christ and his life has been an incredible journey since. Gus uses three simple words to describe his life and what God has done for him; Overwhelmed by Grace.

Gus has planted churches in California, Washington, and Idaho. He has spoken at numerous conferences throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa which include:


Biblical Imperative Conference (BIC)
Bellingham, Washington – 1987 through 1992

Couples Marriage Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia – 1987 through 1991

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Deerfield, Illinois – 1989 through 1991

Intimacy with God

District Conference Speaker
Evangelical Free Church of America & Canada: 1987 through 2006

Men’s Ministry Speaker
Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico – 1986 Through 2007

Chapel Speaker
•  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
•  Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia

Gus graduated with his B. S. in Missions from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, his Masters of Ministry from Talbot Theological Seminary. He has also attended Northwest Graduate School in pursuit of his doctorate of ministry degree.

In 2008, Gus founded Overwhelmed by Grace to share the life and message of God’s grace with men and women everywhere.  It is Gus’ desire to see men and women who are overwhelmed by grace be living examples of integrity in the home, the market place, and the community.

Gus currently resides in Paso Robles, California with his wife of 38 years, Karen. He has three grown children and 11 grandchildren.

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