Testimonials of Fellow Church Planters

"There are a lot of church planting "experts" out there today and then there are those who have actually "done it." Sam Douglass is a bona-fide expert because he has "real life" experience as a successful church planter and as a coach for many other successful church plants. My team and I have benefitted greatly from spending countless hours under Sam's enthusiastic coaching and pastoral heart."
- Joel Engle, Christian Artist/Lead Pastor of
the Exchange, Keller, Texas

"Sam Douglass has been a great coach and mentor to me. The wisdom that he has shared has prevented many mistakes that I would have made as a young church planter. Sam has the ability to speak truth into people's lives in a way that is comforting as well as challenging."
- Jeremy White, Lead Pastor,
Stonewater Church
, Granbury, Texas

"Dr. Sam Douglass is a veteran pastor and church planter. He is a stellar coach/mentor because he has years of experience in the trenches of church leadership and can give you personal testimony about everything you encounter. I have not met anyone with the passion, vision, and leadership abilities that Dr. Douglass possesses. Anyone would be remiss when troubles come if they don't have someone like Sam to consult. Don't look any further for your coaching/mentoring needs! -
- Chris Galanos, Lead Pastor,
Experience Life
, Lubbock, Texas

"I have been mentored both directly and indirectly by Sam Douglass for over 10 years now, and the principles he teaches, leads, and lives by are timeless. Sam is a huge asset to anyone's ministry arsenal. Sam has and will continue to help ministries all over the globe go to the next level."
- Bil Cornelius, Founding and Senior Pastor of
Bay Area Fellowship
, Corpus Christi, Texas

"Sam is a seasoned church planter and pastor. Sam has one of the most diverse pastoral backgrounds of anyone I know. He has started many different types of churches in many different settings. In addition to starting churches Sam has a real love and passion for helping young leaders succeed in their ministries. I highly recommend using Sam as a mentor/coach to help you reach your full potential."
- Ryan Heller, Lead Pastor
Fellowship of Stonebridge, McKinney, Texas

"Sam's coaching combines time-tested wisdom with an insatiable creative desire for innovation. Has young at heart insights into common obstacles that church leaders face. He has helped raise up some pace-setting churches and provides great coaching from their success. I always walk away from our talks encouraged."
- Brandon Thomas, Pastor & Founder
Keystone Church, Keller, Texas

"Sam represents the essence of a Godly coach and mentor. He has an amazing understanding of leadership, church planting, discipleship and evangelism. He has teh unique ability to speak truth into young leader's lives in a way that leads to greater Kingdom advancement and character development. He is both available and helpful. Sam has helped me gain Godly perspective at times and whipped me back into shape other times. He has keen discernment and tact in knowing how to help in a way that is needed at the time. God has used Sam in my life to hlep me experience growth both personally and in our organization."
- Andy Wood, Lead Pastor,
Breakthrough Church
University of Texas, Arlington

"Sam Douglass has not only been a friend and pastor to me, but he has served as my coach/mentor for the past 3 years. Sam is an innovative thinker who challenges me to become what the Lord has called me to be; not only as a Pastor, but as a man, a husband and a father. Sam has given me and my staff, on numerous occasions, the wisdom and insight we needed to get us to the next level of ministry. If you have the opportunity to sit across the table from Sam Douglass and invite him to invest in your life, it will be an invitation that will honestly take you to the next level of your ministry."
- Trent Brown, Lead Pastor
Gateway Fellowship
, Royse City, Texas

“Sam Douglass has assisted us since the beginning of our church. He has given us step by step advice that has helped us become a growing and self-sufficient church in less than 6 months. His insight is practical and based upon years of church planting and experience. Sam will continue to be a valuable resource for our church for years to come.”
- Joel Halpin Lead Pastor of,
the Springs Church, Murphy, Texas

"Sam Douglass has proven himself to be a top notch coach and mentor. His life experience, his personal character and integrity, his ministry success, his passion for Jesus, and his love for church planters are all worth listening to and learning from. With a balanced blend of solid theology, sspiritual sensitivity, adn practical advice, Sam is the kind of assessor and coach to call on again and again. We have and will continue to do so."
- Terry Coy,
Southern Baptists of Texas Covention

"Even as a church planter outside of Texas, I have found Sam's coaching and mentoring extremely valuable. Not having a coach available in my area, I found myself in need of someone to help evaluate and brainstorm. In just a two day on sight visit, Sam was able to help identify our barriers to growth and potential solutions. Sam is not only a great coach, but also a great encourager. When there is a critical decision to be made, Sam is one of the first people I call. It's great to know that when I need some coaching, Sam is only a phone call or email away."
-Justin Atkins, Lead Pastor of
The Journey Church Arlington, TN























































































































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