Someone once told Sam Mehaffie, “Find what breaks your heart, then break your back changing it” — and he’s been doing that ever since. He’s coached High School Varsity boys’ basketball for years and is a former youth pastor, Jr./Sr. High Sunday School teacher, deacon and Teen Challenge board member. However, his greatest passion is mentoring at-risk boys, helping them to see their value in God’s kingdom. His wife calls him a “kid magnet” because hurting boys seem drawn to him no matter where he is.
Sam’s professional background is in the Christian music industry. He was Vice President of Sales for The Benson Co. in Nashville, TN., where he worked with The Gaithers, Imperials, Speer Family, Oak Ridge Boys and many others. He then started his own marketing company in Kansas City and was the exclusive national sales representative for Lillenas Publishing Company.
Sam is the author of Every Man’s a Mentor: Reaching Our Boys, and has written numerous articles about mentoring. Coming from a divorced family, he speaks from experience about the pain and hurt caused by absentee fathers. However, because Christian men chose to become part of his life when he was teenager, Sam’s life was changed forever. He is the man he is today because those men invested their time and love in his life when he needed it most.
Sam believes that it takes today’s men of God to build tomorrow’s men of God.” Godly men multipling Godly men.” Boys can’t learn without examples to follow.
Titus 2:6 says, “…guide the young men to live disciplined lives, but mostly show them all this by doing it yourself.” (MSG)
Sam and his wife, Darlene, live in Blue Springs, MO. They have been blessed with two children and five grandchildren, and have fostered four teenage boys, one of whom has taken their name.