I'm Caleb

I love Jesus!!!!
I also love people, inspire hope, speak, write,
think about theology, root for the Chiefs, geek out on
Star Wars, and am glad Thanos lost.
 
About Me

Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and founder of The Messy Grace Group where he helps churches love and foster community with those who relate as LGBTQ without sacrificing theological convictions. He's currently writing Messy Truth and has also authored God of Tomorrow and Messy Grace (where he discusses being raised in the LGBTQ community, following Jesus, and how loving others doesn’t require shifting beliefs).

 

Besides speaking, writing, and consulting, Caleb has been featured in or as a guest with The New York Times, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Eric Metaxas Show, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, Church Leaders Podcast, The 700 Club, unSeminary Podcast, Moody radio shows, Q Podcast, Dallas Seminary podcasts, and more. 

 

A graduate of Ozark Christian College and Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), he received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to having served as a lead pastor and associate pastor, Caleb has served on the boards of ministries and colleges. He and his family live in Southern California.

Endorsements

In a time when we’re pressured to choose between convictions and compassion, my friend Caleb urges us to stand for both. His experiences, beliefs, ministry, and empathy make him a needed voice in today’s culture.

~Carey Nieuwhof, Author of Didn't See It Coming

My friend Caleb Kaltenbach reminds everyone that God is not popping Tums over tomorrow. He is in control, so we need not fear. We can actually rejoice.

~Bryan Loritts, Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship

Caleb cuts through the confusion and talks about what it really means to love people and what is really means to follow God—and how they’re not mutually exclusive ideas.

~Reggie Joiner, Founder & CEO of Orange

Caleb is a trusted person of character who connects with all types of people. He has a profound ability to see things from fresh angles, presents his ideas in compelling ways, and his love for others is contagious.

~Jud Wilhite, Senior Pastor, Central Church & author of Pursued

Caleb has been a great asset to our ministry. He is so easy to work with, an excellent leader & understands what it truly means to love people while simultaneously following and obeying Christ.

~Heather Mahoney, Next Gen Director, Crossroads Grace Church

Caleb is the perfect leader for times like this. He is a great thinker and a compelling communicator. He is the best I have seen at teaching this generation to love everyone without sacrificing their convictions.

~Ray Johnston, Senior Pastor, Bayside Church

Caleb’s life story is rich with diversity and has given him truly unique insights as to how people see both Christians and the Church. His understanding of how God’s grace practically applies to all the messy situations church leaders have to deal with is refreshing and truly helpful.

~Mark Montemayor, Executive Pastor, Real Life Christian Church Orlando

Kaltenbach is a voice of hope for Christians struggling to remain at ease despite the uncertainties of today.

~Barry Corey, President, Biola University & author of Loving Kindness

After Caleb spoke at my church, the social media world was abuzz with this being one of the best sermons they had ever heard. He has a heart for people and it shows in his attitude.

~Mark Lee, Lead Pastor, Vantage Point Church

I love Caleb’s disarming style of delivering tough, enduring truths. He is an authentic voice for this generation

~Dennis Rainey, CoFounder of FamilyLife, a CRU Ministry

 
 
 
Media

Messy Grace sermon

Anticipating Tomorrow sermon

How to Love Yourself sermon

Video Interviews ---->

 
Speaking Schedule
Caleb's Speaking Schedule

*Church & ministry consulting travel dates are not reflected in the schedule below

10/26-27    Refinery Church, Phoenix, AZ

11/3           Cornerstone Christian Church, St. Louis

11/13         Biola University

11/14         Embrace online seminar

11/21-23    Messy Grace leadership tour KS

11/24         New Vintage Church, Escondido, CA

12/7-8        Westside Family Church, Kansas City

12/11         CrossCity Church, Fresno, CA

12/15         Sycamore View Church, Memphis

12/22-23    Westside Family Church, Kansas City

12/29         New Vintage Church, Escondido, CA

1/2             Shepherd Young Adult Ministry

1/11-12      First Christian Church, Champaign-Urbana, IL

1/16           Hope International University

1/25-26      TBA

1/31           Valley Baptist Church, San Rafael, CA

2/1-2          Eastpoint Church, South Portland, ME

2/6-7          Johnson University

2/18-19      Megachurch Pastor Gathering, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Caleb has a powerful story. He’s one of the most authentic and real people I know. I'm thankful for the time our team spent with him.

~Aaron Brockett, Senior Pastor, Traders Point Christian Church

 
Speaking Request & Contact

Caleb is the voice that the church has needed. His testimony gives him unmatched credibility to be heard and respected on both sides of the LGBTQ discussion. He has helped our church walk confidently in the tension of grace and truth that Jesus Himself demonstrated.  I can’t thank Caleb enough fro all he’s done.

~Brian Hunt, Senior Pastor, Crossroads Grace Community Church

Speaking Request & Contact Form

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