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 - Youth Pastor
Blaine Bernstein is the Student Pastor here at Tolar Baptist. He is a gifted leader, teacher, and communicator. He feels very blessed to have been in student ministry for the past 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 his Texas Longhorns (HOOK ‘EM). He is married to the love of his life Misty, and they have four children, Tancy 16, Tannah 13, Brennan 12, and Bryce 10. He still can’t believe Jesus blessed him with this amazing family.
Shane Brooks - Worship Pastor
Shane is a former American country music artist who recorded under the name Shane Stockton. He recorded one album for Decca Records in 1998. Brooks released a single "What If I'm Right" that year. The song was also made into a music video which aired on CMT. Because Stockton's family did not have cable television, they had to view the video's debut at a Walmart store. In June 1998, Decca released his only album, Stories I Could Tell. In support of the album, Shane toured with George Strait, Clay Walker and Toby Keith. Shane wrote every song on the album, with one being co-written. He sang with Buck Owens in Bakersfield, California, at Buck Owens' birthday party. Owens sent him a two-page letter saying that he enjoyed the album. "What If I'm Right" peaked at number 54 on the country music charts, and the album's second single, "Gonna Have to Fall", reached number 51. One of his songs, "My Baby No Está Aquí No More", appeared on Garth Brooks's 2005 album The Lost Sessions. Shane lost his recording contract in 1999 when Decca records closed. He surrendered to the ministry in October 1999. In 2001, as Shane Brooks, he became the senior pastor at Elgin Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, which later changed its name to Freedom Fellowship. He remained there until September 2009. In 2015 Shane came on board to serve as Worship Pastor for Tolar Baptist Church.
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.