We met at Bible college in New York and married in 1980. Over the years, God blessed us with ten children and four grandchildren. After graduating college, Sam has been on church staffs as well as pastoring two churches. Karen has served in various areas of ministry as well. We have been in ministry nearly thirty five years. We moved to Williamsburg, KS in 2007 to help operate Buffalo Ridge, a Hospitality and Retreat Center which provides support to pastors and those in Christian service.
We have lived in Franklin County all our lives and were married in March of 1989. We have been members of Ottawa Community Church all our married life and have served in the Awana ministry and leadership positions throughout. We have three grown daughters and one son-in-law. We enjoy spending time together with our family. Delbert owns a small trucking company and farms with his dad. Linda keeps busy with the book work for both businesses. She also is the current church treasurer.
Originally from New Orleans, Carl and Peggy have lived in Kansas since 1980, and in Ottawa since 2004. They have been members of Ottawa Community Church since 2012. They were married in 1973, have 4 children, and 16 grandchildren. Carl spent most of his career at Wolf Creek Generating Station since 1980. Peggy owned a daycare in Emporia for a number of years. Carl and Peggy are both committed followers of Jesus, and serve in several ministries at Ottawa Community Church.
Born and raised in the Ottawa area, Evan and Chelsea went to Washburn University and Chelsea now works as a Physical Therapist Assistant for the local Aquinas Home Health. Evan works on the farm and assists with accounting. They were married in May of 2015. Together they lead the Youth Group and Chelsea is the Cubbies Director for Awana. They also lead a Young Adult Bible Study. They love their dog, Rosie. Chelsea loves baking and decorating; and Evan loves to play ping-pong and read comic books. :)