Sam was born and raised in South Bend, IN. He graduated from Riley High School in 1989. He went to Harding University where he received a B.S. in Biblical Studies graduating in December 1993. While an undergraduate he married the beautiful Kelly Manley (Valedictorian of her class and Missouri State Free Throw Champion – you got a love a woman who doesn’t mind marrying beneath her!) from St. Louis, MO (about this time is when Sam’s grades improved). Sam completed a M.Div. from Abilene Christian University in December 1996 and began his work at the Donmoyer Church of Christ (now Living Stones Church) in January 1997. He has three children – Isaac Samuel (13), Caleb Nathanael (10), and Alexandria Hope (8). In addition to ministry, Sam has experience in stocking shelves at Martin’s Supermarket, pouring concrete with the Papczynski brothers (think mean and tough ex-Marine sergeants), and working at a BBQ restaurant. He did spend one week working at Wendy’s fast food – but he can’t talk about it.

Likes: Cheese – that’s right – I’m talking kidney stone amounts of cheese, Bruno’s Pizza, Chinese food (especially those crab ragoon thingies and General Tso’s chicken), good Mexican food, hammocks, Disney World, Notre Dame Football, a King-sized pillow-top mattress, watching my children really belly laugh, getting my back scratched (this is a hint to my wife) a good thunderstorm, and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dislikes: Raw tomatoes, unless in Salsa (I have tried many times to like them but I just can’t), very slow drivers, passive-aggressive behavior, the sound of someone clipping their finger (toe) nails during a sermon, and cancer.. p8250139.JPG

Favorite Movies: Braveheart (the greatest movie ever!), Gladiator, Dead Poet’s Society, A Few Good Men, and Pride & Prejudice – the long BBC version not the wimpy 2005 release – (please don’t tell my guy friends I like Jane Austin – I wonder if I had lived during her time if she would have found me to be “quite agreeable”).

Favorite Music Genre: Music from the 80’s, one-hit-wonders, Contemporary Worship, classical, anything with bagpipes, and recently I’ve started to get into a Latino sound (it makes me feel relaxed for some reason).

Favorite Author(s): Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, N.T. Wright, and Eugene Peterson

Hobbies: Reading, going to movies with my wife, cruising, and eating.

Favorite Pizza Topping(s): at the moment my favorite is simply cheese & extra cheese, thin crust from Bruno’s – but I can eat just about any topping (hold the anchovies)

Coke or Pepsi?: Coke Zero is the greatest beverage invention ever!

  1. Faithful Saint says:

    It’s been proven through the years that men who don’t like raw tomatoes have a tendency to be apostates. I’m not saying this in a judgmental way, but there’s no where in the scriptures where you find the apostles declining to eat raw tomatoes (except that time Judas refused raw tomatoes on his matzoh). At any rate, I think it woud behoove a young evangelist to pay heed to the warning signs of dietary transgression. Not wishing for kidney stones from all that cheese, but far be it from me to try to stay the Lord’s hand.

  2. Scott Riggs says:

    Hey Sam,

    I was looking for something from Willard Harley’s book, His Needs – Her Needs for my sermon and came across your site while googling.

    I am a minister in the instrumental Christian Church – went to Kentucky Christian University and feel exactly the same way you do – about TOMATOES.

    Where do you live? I have never heard anyone talk about Bruno’s Pizza. I love it and have had it where I grew up in WV. It is the greatest – with extra cheese.

    Oh, you got the HD TV – I got the Harley! Well, close enough for me – a Yamaha Roadstar. My wife has nothing on me…………………………………………………………………………………….. except for the wood floors that we had to get before the motorcycle.

    Hey Sam – love your sense of humor. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your ministry.

    Scott Riggs

  3. Wow, I was baptized at the Donmoyer church back in 1970. This church has many memories for me, good and bad. Lot’s of friends there in whom I have lost contact with. Not sure I favor the new name, or some of the changes there, but hey, I’m in Virginia now. But this church is my spiritual birth place (you were just a baby when I was there) and I will always remember it and cherish it in my heart and thoughts. I wish you all the best.

  4. Dana says:

    You’re hilarious. I love crab rangoon and ND football too.

  5. Anita Butler says:

    My family and I have spent quite a few Sundays looking for a church that all of us felt comfortable at. And my heart more than ever felt the need to have a pastor that I could pour my heart out to in case I ever felt the urge. We almost had gave up until we were invited to come to Living Stone, wish we had been aquainted to this church years ago, everyone seems so down to earth, and Sam, your great!!!!! Even though we don’t always come to church, I know that the lord guided myself and my family here. Keep up the good work Sam!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you and yours ~
    Anita Butler

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  7. David says:

    Found your website looking for ways to express my concern for Vicky on Biggest Loser. I’m about your age, and I’m writing here that I, TOO, have never been able to eat raw tomatoes, especially on sandwiches. I do eat salsa though.

    Are we on to something?

  8. David Tanner says:

    I am an investment advisor and stumbled across your “Kingdom Investments” article by accident. Didn’t know if you were aware or not, but the Biblical concept of “tithing,” in some years, involved giving that year’s tithe to the “aliens, the fatherless and widows” (Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12), i.e., those in need.

    Didn’t know if you knew how close you were to that truth that God is in the process or restoring.

    Way to go!

  9. Hey! Have been reading through your blog and really enjoying it! Inspiring as well I find… you have mighty cute kids. I have three kids as well, all boys, and they never fail to amuse me and put things in life back into perspective. Keep doing what your doing, and thanks for the good reads!!

  10. Gina Morrison says:

    I’m a student at Oklahoma Christian University and i’m wondering if any Professors or people you might know see God’s Word as you and others express it. I would love to know them and have some conversations. I feel lost and alone Do you know any books that might help me in my prayer life?


  11. Tikkri Knarr says:

    So great to know more about my Pastor, very interesting!! One of a kind!!!



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