About Marcelo


The founder and president of Walking In The Promises is Bible teacher Marcelo Tolopilo. Born in Argentina to European immigrants, Marcelo’s family moved to the U.S. where he grew up in Southern CA. He received his education at Biola University (B.A.) and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.). Marcelo has served in the pastorate as well as with two international missions agencies.

Marcelo’s passion for scripture led him to launch the Bible teaching ministry of Walking In The Promises in 1992. Since then he has traveled throughout the country speaking with passion and conviction to a variety of Christian audiences from the timeless truths of God’s word.

Marcelo married the love of his life Valorie in 1983. Three years later God began to bless their home with the first of four children (Joshua, Rebekah, Josiah, & Aaron). Marcelo firmly believes he has the four most wonderful children in the world and if you don’t believe him you can ask their grandparents.

The Tolopilo’s make their home in Southern California just north of San Diego. It is also widely known that Marcelo has remained an avid and faithful Rams fan throughout their 21 year dispersion in St. Louis (His sheep are finally coming home!). He is also an extremely poor golfer, looks terrible in a clerical collar but not so bad in an embroidered yamulke!