I have a new hobby and a new job--well it's not a paying job--but it is work. One of my ministry friends mentioned to me last summer that he was an off-ice official for the Colorado Eagles--a minor league hockey team here in Northern Colorado. As he was telling me about, I became giddy with excitement, and begged him to let me know if there were ever any openings. Well, about a month ago, I get an email asking me if I would like to join the team. Woohoo! Last night was first night and I love it already. I'm keeping stats, specifically tracking "touches" and goals and assists. I've got a great view of the game, some great perks, and an awesome group of people to work with. I'm working for the league (not the Eagles) which means I can't cheer or otherwise support the Eagles. That's not a problem when you're busy writing down numbers. I'm sure that I'll have more to share as the season progresses.
I am the Pastor of Tolar Baptist Church, Tolar, Texas. I am the author of, "Messed Up Men of the Bible: Seeing the Men in Your Life Through God's Eyes" (Kregel, 2016). The book received the Golden Scroll: Non-fiction Merit Award. I am the founding pastor of Grace River Church in Severance, Colorado. Previously I pastored Cornerstone Baptist Church, Windsor, Colorado (9 yrs) and FBC, Lipan, Texas (6 yrs). My first church to pastor was the Cliffside Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas. I have served on staff of the FBC, Monterey, Tennessee, Olsen Park Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas, and FBC, Camden, Tennessee. I have served the Colorado Baptist General Convention as the Chairman of the Executive Board and as a Vice President. I have served as a Trustee for the North American Mission Board of the SBC. I have been blessed to walk alongside the love of my life, Tina, for the past 32 years. She is a talented author, teacher, singer, and song writer. Tina writes at www.tinasamples.blogspot.com and is the author of, Wounded Women of the Bible, 2013 by Kregel Publications. I have two amazing sons, Jaren and Zach, and one extraordinary granddaughter, Abigail.