Tuesday Bios | 2018


Dr. Sam Shaw
Lead Pastor
The Orchard Church, Collierville

Sam was born in West Texas and grew up in Oklahoma and Southern California. He and the lovely Ruthe met at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he fell in love with her before she knew he existed. After 45 years of marriage, they have 4 great children (two men, two women – all Christ-followers) and 9 incredibly brilliant grandchildren (one already with the Savior).

He and Ruthe were missionaries for 7 years in Latin America (Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic) and he loves to irritate whomever he is with by hablando espanol.

He and Ruthe love to travel and have visited 43 countries. They would enjoy visiting a few more countries where they are not shot at or threatened by terrorists.

Sam loves music – all kinds – and plays guitar for his own amazement.

Around 2012, Sam began running and has run 4 marathons, 16 half marathons, and too many 5k’s and 10k’s. He thinks he has one more marathon in him – and hopefully, a lot more halves. He walked the Camino de Santiago in 2016 – a 500-mile walk across Spain in 29 days – and plans to do it again next year, Lord willing.

Sam loves his family. He loves being a pastor and teaching the Bible. He loves the people of The Orchard Church. He loves Memphis. Most of all, Sam loves the Lord Jesus, who loved him first and loves him more.

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Mike Gammill
Lead Navigator
Auxano, Nashville

Mike has fifteen years of experience serving in the local church in multiple capacities. He started in ministry as an Associate Pastor in a small rural church in Montana and served most recently as an Executive Pastor of Discipleship in a 5000-member church in Northwest Houston.

From his experience as a lone associate pastor and an interim Senior Pastor in smaller churches to his experience on a staff of over thirty, Mike has a passion for uncovering potential in the Body of Christ through Christ-like leadership. He specializes in leading collaborative discussions and designing missionally aligned strategies and organizational structures.

Mike has a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is an Ordained Elder in the Evangelical Church of North America.