Sam Crabtree

Sam Crabtree’s early life was formed on a farm where he gave himself to Christ at the age of five. His family moved frequently, living in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, and northern Minnesota. Sam’s main desire in life is to become more like Jesus. He met and married Vicki in 1973. In 1974, he graduated from St. Cloud State with two majors: Elementary Education and Psychology. Further studies at Trinity and South Dakota State concluded in a Master’s degree in Education in 1979.

At some point during his 16 years of faithful ministry and assistance to three pastors of the Brookings (South Dakota) Wesleyan Church, Sam became aware of Bethlehem, and God slowly drew him in that direction, where he currently serves.

He mirrors the compassion of God relationally within the body, a gift God has grown in him through a wide variety of experiences including the loss of two children, Aryn and Jordan (through miscarriage), and the parenting, teaching, and enjoyment of daughters Dawn and Mandi.


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