By Dr. Timothy Dwyer, Ministry Professor
Cal Sanelli is a Ministry student at Warner University, just a few months from graduation. On the Warner campus, he has been a baseball player for three years, an RA for two years, and is also currently serving as a ministry intern at South Lake Wales Church of God.
Those who know him see him as a young man seeking first the kingdom of God with a heart to serve the Lord, and with the integrity and character that Warner University and its Ministry Department seeks to build in its students.
Cal grew up in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His family had a great heritage, with two grandfathers who were pastors, a great-grandfather, who was a pastor, and a mother and father who have served in Christian schools for years.
The family is sports-oriented, and Cal played both soccer and baseball as he came up through the ranks. In baseball, he played on as many as three AAU teams at one time!
A call to ministry started to pull Cal to youth work in his later high school years.
The Lord put it into his heart that if he could help students learn about God while having fun, they could develop a faith that would carry them beyond high school and college into their adult years.
After attending Eastern University for a year, Cal transferred to Warner (his family relocated to Florida). He enrolled as a Church Ministry major with a Biblical Studies minor, which included tackling Greek!
Upon coming to Warner, he started attending South Lake Wales Church of God. For his first year, he attended the traditional service at 9 am. He loved the classic hymns, and could get to the cafeteria early and back to his room to watch his beloved New England Patriots!
Cal has done something very rare for a college student: he attended the same church all three years! This year he has been serving as an intern at South Lake Wales Church of God, both working with the youth on Wednesday nights, and teaching Sunday School. He is in church every Sunday, wearing a coat and tie!
On the baseball team, he plays third and first base, and as of this writing has an excellent batting average in the young 2018 season.
His father says, “Since coming to Warner University, we have seen much growth in Cal as a young man. The mentorship and guidance he has received from his coaches and professors have made such a positive impact on him. We are so grateful that the Lord led him here to Warner.”
What is ahead for Cal? He would like to secure a youth ministry position after graduation, and might someday combine ministry, coaching and teaching.
We thank God that Cal was raised in a godly family, was directed to Warner, and is dedicated to the Lord’s work, both now and for the future!
We would also like to congratulate Cal on his recent engagement to his long time girlfriend, Marissa Intoppa!