Dr. Sam Shaw Jr. serves as lead pastor of The Orchard Fellowship in Memphis, TN. Previously, he was the lead pastor of Hope Church of Tupelo, MS, Senior Pastor of Germantown Baptist Church of Germantown, TN, First Baptist Church of Tulsa, OK, Calvary Baptist Church of Las Cruces, NM, Primera Iglesia Bautista de Santiago, Dominican Republic, and Phoenix Village Baptist Church of Fort Smith, AR (whew!)
He and his wife Ruthe have four children, Sarah, Corrie, Joey and Charlie. They also have 5 grandchildren. Sam loves his wife, guns, motorcycles, movies, reading, baseball, dogs, the Spanish language — and he is his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ biggest fan.
Sam is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and holds a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University, a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a diploma from Instituto de Lengua Espanola, and a D.Min. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as a missionary for seven years in the Dominican Republic and has written Spanish articles as well as launching a new version of The New Testament in Spanish. He has also led Bible Conferences and Pastors’ Conferences in Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Spain, India, Kashmir, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Curacao, the Philippines, and all over the United States.
- Bible verse: Acts 20:24
- Web sites: Desiring God, The Drudge Report, Between Two Worlds, and Google
- TV shows: 24, Burn Notice,
- Films: Rocky, Braveheart, Taken, Defiance, Marley and Me.
- Hobbies: Shooting, hunting, reading, music, running, Mexican food, and riding my VTX 1800.
- Books (other than the Bible): The Root of the Righteous by A.W. Tozer, The Pleasures of God by John Piper and The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris.
- Music: Bluegrass, Soul, C+W, R+R, Jazz, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart
- Favorite travel destinations: Caribbean, the Rockies, Scotland and Canada, and anywhere Spanish is spoken.
- Sports teams: Braves, Cubs, Oklahoma and Mississippi sports
- If I were not in Tennessee, I’d be: Living in northern New Mexico
- The best thing about what I do is: Seeing the larger picture of what God is doing here and seeing God change the lives of people.