Impact Ministries started as an outreach effort in 2001 from the home of Pastor Sam Tootle. What began as a monthly meal ministry, soon expanded to support area non-profits with resources through quarterly clothing, seasonal utility and food drives year-round. While the Tootles were compelled to meet the needs of those in crisis, the call to preach and teach the gospel remained preeminent in the heart and mind of the young pastor. Lending his unique teaching and preaching skills to area congregations, Pastor Tootle served on staff leading men’s ministries, general bible studies, providing biblical counsel, baptizing, marrying, burying and preaching the weekly message. Pastor Tootle was also able to put his bachelor’s degree in church ministries to use, developing and assessing the effectiveness of church growth strategies while honing his communication and leadership skills in support of his pastoral colleagues.
Impact Ministries incorporated in 2008 as outreach expanded to include record-breaking coat drives, with outreach staging, safety training, and weekly bible studies as commonplace in the Tootle home. As Pastor Tootle advanced in his biblical studies, adding a graduate degree in theological studies, bible study gained considerable intensity and a faithful following. Pastor Tootle completed an additional master’s degree, this one in divinity with a concentration in theological studies, which prompted the concept of a developing, a training facility for pastors and church leaders operating out of a local business park. Impact Ministries’ educational and professional services was set to revolutionize pastoral support and leadership training within the body of Christ.
Currently, Pastor Sam is completing a doctorate program that draws on his experiences and observations to minister to millennials in the church. The Koinōnia discipleship project is dedicated to understanding the communication and mentoring strategies that are most effective when discipling to young adults. Throughout his ministry, Pastor Sam has used biblical instruction, pastoral council, and intentional relationship building to develop an insightful perspective of what is required to disciple believers across generations.
Pastor Tootle has been called to ministry and with more than 25 years of practical experience, an extensive educational foundation, and a passion for preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, he is qualified to help pastors and church leaders fulfill God’s call on their lives to win the lost.
(Matthew 28:18-20) “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
A sound or correct in opinion or doctrine. (II Timothy 2:15) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”
A correctness or orthodoxy of action or practice. (James 1:22-25) “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.”
Developing Christ-likeness. (Matthew 11:29-30) “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”
Cultivating a biblically based decision-making process. (Psalm 119:105) “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Focuses on developing a sound Hermeneutic structure. (II Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Equipping in the scriptural defense of the faith. (I Peter 3:15) “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”