My name is Sam Luce and I have been a pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica NY for the past 24 years. 18 of those years serving as children’s pastor. Currently, I am serving as the Global Pastor to Families. This is my personal blog it is focused on Discipleship, Family Ministry, and Theology.
I write about things I am passionate about, the power of the gospel, becoming a better leader, ministering to kids, technology, humorous anything, and being the best dad and husband I can be.
Through each blog post, it is my goal to be to each of you what I wish I had when I was starting out in ministry. I desire to help you grow as a leader and avoid some of the bone-headed mistakes I learned am still learning along the way.
You can expect around 1 to 2 blog posts a week. If you would like to subscribe to my RSS feed or via email I would appreciate it. Thank you for your time feel free to jump in and leave a comment on any of my posts. I would love to hear from you.
Here are a few of my more popular posts
1. Why our Kids Ministries Should be More Like Mr. Rogers and Less Like Disney.
2. 4 ways to clarify the gospel when communicating to kids
3. Self-esteem is ruining your kids
4. How to communicate so kids can understand
5. What the gospel demands of parents
6. How We Stop Short in the Debate on Christians and Alcohol
7. Helping your kids love the Bible: Stay one Bible ahead
8. What is Bible Bucks 2.0?
9. Two new ideas I am trying to connect with parents
10. Top 25 iPhone Apps for kids
I attended Portland Bible College in Portland Oregon where I graduated in 1997 with a BA in Theology, upon graduation I became the children’s pastor at the same church for over 24 years. I have done children’s ministry for the last 24 years. In 2021 I graduated from Knox Seminary with a M.A.CCS (Masters in Christian and Classical Studies) and M.A.BTS (Masters in Biblical and Theological Studides)
I have served as chairman of INCM, co-authored “The Eric Trap”, have been involved in several book projects, and been blogging here since 2007. I have spoken at conferences and have done some consulting and coaching. My real passion lies in preaching the gospel, building and strengthening the local church in any way possible because I believe it is through the preaching of the word and the proximity of relationship that life change takes place.
I have been married to my beautiful wife for 23 years together we have 4 beautiful children ages 17, 14, 12 and 8 years. We currently live in Upstate New York.
When not writing on this blog or working at the church, I enjoy reading, racquetball, writing, photography, watching movies with the family.