Tom Stipe was born and raised in Southern California. A calling to ministry came early for Stipe when he became a Methodist Youth Director at age eighteen. During this time he was quickly exposed to a budding church movement being held in the bean fields of Costa Mesa, CA. Tom’s charismatic presence, strong teaching, and musical talent made him a pivotal player at the Genesis of the “Jesus Movement” from 1970-1976. Serving on the Pastoral staff of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa under the guidance of Chuck Smith, Tom’s primary responsibility became the evangelism surrounding the Saturday Night Maranatha! Concerts. Tom enjoyed partnering with many of the bands and soloists who used this outlet to perform original songs coming from their experiences in Christ. This led to the inception of Maranatha! Music, for which Tom produced multiple records. From the opening of the “tent days” until the summer of 1976 Tom Stipe taught the Bible, produced records and led worship as multiple thousands of young people and their families passed through or joined Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
In the late 70’s, as Stipe was traveling with his band he felt called to move to Colorado. He used his unique skill set as a pastor and musician to plant a church in the western suburbs of Denver. And as his young church began to thrive and grow he was approached by John Wimber to help launch Vineyard Ministries International in 1982. Tom’s experience on the musical forefront of the “Jesus Movement” clearly impacted his early leadership role within the Vineyard and its legacy of strong worship music.
Throughout the 80’s Stipe’s church became one of the largest in the Denver Metro area growing to over 7,500 members. A popular teacher, Tom’s reputation for humorous insight and excellent Bible exposition made him a prominent figure in the community even serving ten years as Chaplain Deputy Sheriff for Adams County and six years as Team Chaplain for the Denver Broncos.
Tom also continued his song writing and music ministry releasing a country album titled “Never Too Late”. He hit the road opening for country star Ricky Skaggs traveling internationally as far as Russia. He also played for President George Bush during his election campaign and for Pope John Paul at World Youth Day in Denver.
Tom has also been featured on his own radio show called Crossover with Tom Stipe and as a guest host on Hank Haanagraff’s Bible Answer Man.
Currently Tom continues to pastor Crossroads Church of Denver and is on the Board of Elders for the Calvary Chapel Association of Churches. He travels often teaching at events around the world, mentoring new church leaders and continues to influence young musicians and artists. He has been married to his wife and ministry partner Maryellen Stipe for 42 years and together they share three adult children Jennifer Mouttet, Allison Schwab and Thomas Stipe.