Pastor Sam Kostreva is the new pastor at Argyle Bible Church. He was installed as pastor on Sunday, July 10th, 2011.
Pastor Sam has served in churches throughout the Midwest for over three decades. He met his wife, Ruth, at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, where his future father-in-law was a professor both at the college and seminary. Four of their five children were born in Wisconsin and over the course of his ministry has served two churches in each of the following states: Wisconsin, Michigan, and now Illinois.
Pastor Sam has a strong commitment to the Word of God and to seeing people grow. His passion is to use his experience and love for people to preach and teach the Word of God, to nurture believers to maturity, to counsel the needy, and to evangelize the lost. He whole heartily embraces Argyle Bible Church’s vision of “equipping the saints and reaching the lost.”
Pastor Sam feels blessed to have been raised in a family where the parents were godly leaders. His father and grandfather were both pastors. His wife’s father was also a pastor. At an early age Pastor Sam accepted Christ as his Savior. His passion for the Word of God started at that time and has driven him to higher education, to learn biblical languages, to deal with the realities of the Bible’s truths such as the battles against the flesh and the powers of darkness, to walk where Jesus walked in the land of Israel, and to share the Bible’s truths both inside and outside the church.
Pastor Sam grew up in the mountains of Colorado and enjoyed the refreshment of creation while working on a ranch as a teenager. But as much as he savored the experience, it does not compare to serving in the Lord’s ministry. He writes: "I can’t begin to express the wonders I’ve witnessed in a body of believers living by faith, including the simple act of parents dedicating their child to the Lord, a new convert accepting the Lord, and a congregation praying for and initiating the construction of a new church building. God gives us what we need in all things. Today I feel the same awe and joy in God’s Word and in His ministry as I did while in seminary and in my first church." Pastor Sam Kostreva may be reached by calling the church at (309) 776-3073.