Dave Samples - Lead Pastor
Pastor Dave has been in the ministry for over thirty years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Union University, Jackson, TN and Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. He has served churches in Tennessee, Colorado, and Texas. He has held leadership positions both at the state convention level as well as within the Southern Baptist Convention. Dave’s greatest accomplishment was marrying the love of his life, Tina, almost thirty years ago. He has been recognized by Southwestern Seminary as well as by multiple state conventions for his evangelistic effectiveness. He was honored to be nominated Person of the Year in Windsor, Colorado for his leadership in providing disaster relief following an EF3 tornado that devastated the community in 2008. Dave has served his country as a chaplain within the US Navy as well as providing chaplain services for multiple law enforcement and fire departments. Dave has the opportunity to teach and provide pastoral leadership for the Gospel Music Association as well as numerous camps and conferences. He has two children, Jaren and Zachery, and one grand-daughter, Abigail.
Dave is the co-author of his first book with wife Tina - titled Messed Up Men of the Bible: Seeing The Men in Your Life Through God’s Eyes.
Blaine Bernstein - Pastor To Students
Blaine Bernstein is the Pastor to Students here at Tolar Baptist. He is a gifted leader, teacher, and communicator. He feels very blessed to have been in student ministry for over 20 years and is stoked for many more years to come. Pastor Blaine’s desire is to see students and adults come to Jesus and understand His great love for them and to fall in love with the Bible.
Blaine enjoys hanging out with students, a night at the movies, a good cup of coffee, playing golf, watching football and rooting on THE University of Texas (HOOK ‘EM). He is married to the love of his life Misty, and they have four children Tancy, Tannah, Brennan, and Bryce. He still can’t believe Jesus blessed him with this amazing family.
John Valentine - Associate Pastor
John was born in Lubbock. He moved to California for his preschool years, and grew up in Hillsboro, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University and Southwestern Seminary. After Southwestern, he moved to the Pacific Northwest where he served as Minister of Education for two churches in Longview, Washington. In 1986, he and Pat moved back to Texas and served at First Baptist Church, Alvarado for 21 years where he was the Minister of Education and Administration. He finished in Lubbock where he was Executive Pastor and retired in June, 2013 after 42 years ministering in SBC churches. He and Pat have been married for 45 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
He is currently serving as Associate Pastor and Assistant Sunday School Director.