Leadership is so foundational to the success and health of any organization. This is true for Far More Consulting. At the beginning of the ministry, Dr. Warren selected a group of godly men (listed below) who would partner with him in the leadership of the organization.
Each man brings experience, gifts, and passion for the local church to each task taken on by Far More Consulting. Our desire as a ministry is to see individual churches become biblically healthy, not only within their own ministries but in working together with the broader context of Christ's body. Nothing would bring us more joy than to partner with you in your effort to become healthy.
Below you will find pictures and biographies for each member of the Far More Consulting board of Directors.
Dr. Sam Warren
President, Far More Consulting
Thomas S. Warren II, known as “Sam,” was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1953. He is married to Michele Ann Kellogg of Rutland, VT. Sam & Shelly have two adult sons, Jared and Darrick. He completed a 17-year pastorate of the West Jacksonville Advent Christian Church in Jax, Fla., before accepting the position of Director of Nurture for the Advent Christian General Conference in Charlotte, N.C in 2006. He has previously pastored churches in Oregon, Massachusetts and Connecticut. For a period of five years, Sam served as the Dean of Students for Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass.
Sam has been a lifelong participant in the Advent Christian denomination, following in the footsteps of his dad, who also served as an Advent Christian pastor. Sam served for 12 years on the International Missions Advisory Committee (IMAC), which has given him much opportunity to travel and teach. In addition to this, he served as the recording secretary for the Executive Council of the Advent Christian denomination for six years and President for one year.
He is a graduate of Berkshire Christian College (1975) with a B.A. in Theology, a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1982), and a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1993). Sam has been active as a certified Sonlife trainer and in 2016 became certified to teach the 4 Chair Discipling Training Seminar. In 2014, Sam completed the Arrow Leadership program for advanced training in leading non-profit organizations (2013).
Sam has written and published two books, “The Alexander Antidote: Turning Conflict into a Prescription of Wholeness for the Local Church”which has been updated and re-published with a workbook for church leaders and “Dead Men Talking: What Dying Teaches Us about Living,”which teaches the basic elements of the Advent Christian distinctive doctrines. Sam is an avid reader; loves to play golf, and his gifts include leadership, administration and teaching.
In 2017, Dr. Warren founded a Christian non-profit ministry called Far More Consulting, Inc. for the purpose of Encouraging, Equipping and Resourcing local churches for Effective Ministry. In 2018, FMC entered into a partnership with the Florida Conference of Advent Christian churches to pursue this purpose.
Dr. Warren and his wife Shelly live in Jacksonville, FL. They have two grown sons, Jared and Darrick
FMC Board Member
Norm is the Pastor of the Confidence Advent Christian Church located in Lenoir, NC. Prior to serving as Pastor, Norm was blessed to be under the mentorship of Reve. Jim Lee, senior pastor of the Calvary Advent Christian Church. Through Jim's leadership, Norm's heart for the pastoral ministry was recognized and nurtured.
For years, Norm has supplemented his ministry work as an accountant which gives him a great opportunity to build relationships with people outside the church. Norm brings his accounting skills to the ministry of FMC, which has been very helpful.
Norm has been a member of the Lead Team SE, a group of pastors across the southeast United States, which have met for over twelve years as an accountability group. He brings wisdom and humor to the fellowship of men who long to be faithful the Lord's great and everyday commisson (Mt. 28:16-20).
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Rev. Sam Worley is the husband of Leigh and the dad of Erin and Alyssa. He originally hails from the beautiful mountains of Virginia. He came to faith in Christ early in life, having been greatly influenced through Christian camping and the godly example of family and friends.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1978, having served congregations in Rhode Island, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Sam graduated from Berkshire Christian College in 1978, majoring in Pastoral Studies. He received additional training through the Institute for Biblical Preaching, hosted by the Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, TN.
In addition to serving as a pastor, he has served in numerous regional and conference positions, and for many years served in a variety of capacities in Christian camping programs throughout the east coast. Sam is an 11-year member of the Lead Team SE.
He has served the United Advent Christian Church in Wilmington, NC as pastor since 2005. In December of 2019, Sam assumed the senior pastor role for the Bixler Memorial Advent Christian Church in Dowling Park, FL.
FMC Board Member
Steve Evans has been serving the local church for many years. He was raised by a godly and gifted mother (Gaye Martin) who made a lasting impression on his life which is seen in the way he lives his life.
Perhaps this is the reason Steve is committed to the church. His love for it, extends beyond a beautiful building and the other things usually associated with a local church. His passion is seen in his service for many years as the chairman of the board for the West Jacksonville Advent Christian Church, at which time he continually urged the church to put their faith into action, especially in the community.
For years, Steve spearheaded the annual Back to School Bash, which connected to thousands of people within the church community. He and his wife, Jan Evans, (a Veterinarian) are committed to missions and leadership development in and outside of the church.
Steve has worked for Sprint Communications for years as a Senior Network Analyst and in recent years formed a business called Priced-Rite Services that he uses to provide for himself and serve others.
FMC Board Member
Paul Dean is the Pastor of the Potters Hill Advent Christian Church in Potters Hill, North Carolina. He and his wife, Linda, have been at this church for the past 20 plus years. Paul has pastored churches in Virginia, Florida and North Carolina as well as serving on committees involved with youth ministries, church camps, credentialing of Pastors and Christians workers, administration work in conferences, regions and presently serves as the President of the Advent Christian General Conference of America. He has received extensive training and certification with SonLife, CoachNet, and Natural Church Development in the areas of discipleship, church health, and assessment. Paul has a great passion for discipleship and leadership development in the local church and most recently has found some of his greatest pleasures as he and Linda spend time discipling and loving their 3 granddaughters, Ava, Elsie, and Hally Fay.
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Paul Gibbs has been a long-time friend. He came to faith during one of my pastorates in Jacksonville, FL (West Jax). Since that time, Paul has faithfully guided his family toward faith in Christ. He is married to Beth and has three children (Liza, Drew and Lillie).
For much of Paul's life, he has worked in the roofing and sheet metal industry. Presently, he works as the Vice President and part owner of Childers Roofing and Sheetmetal in Jacksonville, FL. and has 34 years of experience in the roofing industry.
His expertise lies in operation management and managing the field employees. His duties include estimating, quality control, personal supervision, and ensuring all projects meet company standards.
Paul has a deep commitment to the local church and has a desire to see it be healthy, both inside and outside of the church community. This means that he is interested in discipleship/disciple-making and outreach. In the past, he has served as an Elder for the West Jax Advent Christian Church. Presently, he lives in Fernandina Beach, FL and is involved in the men's ministry of the Celebration Church.
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Phil Dougherty has been a resident of Jacksonville, FL for 45 years and came to know Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior in a foster home at the age of 12. He has been married to Sara (Sally) Dougherty for 25 years and has a teenage daughter named Georgia. He was an active member of the West Jacksonville Advent Christian Church for over 10 years where he served as a deacon and sang in the Praise team with his daughter. In 2018, he began attending Christ's Church in Mandarin, FL so his teenage daughter could attend Christ's Church Academy and his family could attend a church closer to their home. He continues to serve his local church where he now serves as a volunteer leader with high school youth.
Phil worked in retail management and retail sales in his early career and is currently employed as Senior Tax (business) analyst for the Internal Revenue Service where he has worked for 31 years.
He strives to live a godly life and lives by the belief that no matter a person's station in life, they have something to offer and we can always learn something if we love others, accept people for who they are and treat them with respect (Mark 12:30-31, & Matthew 7:1-2).