This is the Senior Adult Ministry of the West Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God. We are here to encourage those from 50 and over to use their talents and skills to assist the local church in effective ministry for the Kingdom of God.
SALT stands for Senior Adults Living Triumphantly. This event is held each spring with an emphasis on discipleship training. There are services both in the morning and evening. Workshops are added to help equip individuals to serve God through the local church.
The retreat is designed to be uplifting and refreshing for our spiritual lives. During this time there are two services each day along with planned activities. One of the highlights is to gather around the piano and sing some of the hymns of the church.
Ed Sattesahn is the Lead Pastor at Pampa First Assembly of God. He has been there since September 2013. Previously he has served in Maryland and Florida since graduating from Southeastern University. Before coming to West Texas, Pastor Ed has served in central Florida as a lead pastor in a church for twenty-five years. He has also served in several areas in the Peninsular Florida District while pastoring the church. These areas include Christian Education, Men’s Ministry and the Royal Ranger Ministry. Within the Royal Ranger Ministry, he has served as the president of the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship, which has a large membership in Florida. He also was the chaplain for several Royal Ranger Camps over a period of four years. He was a chaplain for a high school baseball team for three years before coming to Texas. Since moving to Texas he has served as a sectional rep for the Men’s Ministries and in 2017 became the West Texas District Senior Adult Ministry Director.
Pastor Ed received his formal education from Southeastern University. In 1978, he received his Bachelors Degree in Bible and Christian Education, and in 2008 received his Master of Arts Degree in Ministerial Leadership. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children and five grandchildren.
Gene Summers resides in Dayton just an hour east from where he was born in Houston. Gene declares his testimony is greater than any drug addict or alcoholic whose been delivered. “As a young preacher’s kid, I was mad at God, His church and the world. Simply put, I was in the “gall of bitterness.” “But God had His hand on my life and He knew my future. I can truly testify as a real trophy of grace, that God is a God of second chances.”
Gene has many accomplishments on his list; from riding the rodeo circuit (Texas Rodeo Association), to singing country music in local clubs and even umpiring baseball for the collegiate level in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Evangelist Summers has been married to his high school sweetheart, Monia since June 13, 1974 who was very instrumental in persuading Gene to turn his life around. And, after running from God’s call on his life from the age of 15; God would bring him back to where he began, in Gods house.
Gene has pastored two churches for a total of 25 years served as Sectional Presbyter for 18 years, Executive Presbyter for 5 years.
Come listen as this evangelist encourages you to believe in “the goodness of God in the land of the living’ as well as stressing the importance of Holy Ghost power to live as Jesus would have His church to live in this crucial time.
Missionaries Lance and Mindy Hines will be speaking in the Tuesday and Wednesday morning services. They are well known in our district for the work they do for the Kingdom of God through missions. They will be sharing testimonies from their mission experiences as well as from God’s Word.
There will be a campfire fellowship after the Wednesday night service. We will give you the opportunity to roast your own hot dog or s’mores. If you are unable to cook your own someone will be happy to roast it for you. Let’s have a great fellowship and then play table games afterwards!
The Kelleys regret having to cancel their appearance at the SAM Retreat due to several health reasons. Valarie Kelley is facing a knee replacement in the middle of September and is not able to travel for minimum of six weeks. Ron shared that it is hard to have a trio with only two people. Keep Ron, Paula and Valarie in your prayers. They have been rescheduled to be with us in the fall of 2019.
Periodically we want to keep you informed of the events for this ministry.