Pastor Buntain was the Senior Pastor of Life Center for 40 years, and under his leadership, the church flourished. As a result of his vision and faithfulness, we now operate a private Christian school called Life Christian Academy, which is Pre-Kindergarten through High School with 750 students. We also own an independent living and retirement community called Life Manor. Furthermore, we have one of the largest Spanish-speaking Assemblies of God congregations in the entire country.
Our church is part of a larger network of churches called the Northwest Ministry Network. This network is connected on a national and international level with the Assemblies of God. The Assemblies of God is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, with 63 million members total and 3 million members here in the United States. Although we are proud to be affiliated with the Assemblies of God, you won’t hear us talk about it much. This is intentional. This movement started in 1906 with the Azusa Street revivals in California. The people who gathered there were anti-denominational; they viewed church denominations and labels as human creations. Jesus prayed that his church would be one (John 17:21 NIV), and we believe there is really ONE church in the Kingdom of God. Like those people at Azusa Street, we think denominations tend to divide us rather than unite us. We aren’t about trumpeting a label or a brand of Christianity. We exist to love Jesus and to inspire our community to love and follow him.
Since the first book's publication, more than 450 Samson Society groups have started in North America, and nearly 10,000 men have registered online at samsonsociety.org. There are no fees for membership in the Samson Society, and the Society is prohibited by its charter from paying any salaries or owning any property. Samson House was formed in June of 2017 to serve as an information clearinghouse, event organizer, and online meeting place for the Samson Society. Its goal is to strengthen Society and build a network with other organizations engaged in the same mission.
“They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.” Psalms 37:19
We are a community of calculated risk-takers for Christ and His mission. No more fear: not in our lives nor in our church! #FaithNotFear
We are a community of includes. All are welcome to come as they are to become something new in Christ. #LoveNotHate
We are a community of movers & shakers. We are not content to be comfortable but to carry our cross for Christ. #MissionNotMaintenance
We are a community of grace-givers. We lead others to the Gospel, not the Law because God did that for us. #JesusNotReligion