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Sam was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, and is himself a product of Christian schooling.
After high school graduation from Elkhart Christian Academy in 1978, Sam received his teaching degree from Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) in 1982. Later, he then earned his Master’s degree in Christian school administration from Grace Seminary (Winona Lake, IN) in 1989. He completed his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in the spring of 2003.
He has served 29 years in Christian schools. Fifteen of those years have been in administration, and two as Director of Development. Sam served for 11 years as the Superintendent of Liberty Christian School (Anderson, IN) and then 4 years as Superintendent of Blackhawk Christian School (Fort Wayne, IN). He served in that capacity until accepting the call to serve as the Mid-America Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in 2007. Sam and his family reside in Loves Park, IL.
In 2011, Dr. Barfell accepted a new position at ACSI as Vice President of Professional Development. These new duties involve a move to the ACSI headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Serving as the Vice President of Professional Development of ACSI is the culmination of a life-calling to Christian schooling. ACSI represents over 23,000 Christian schools and about 5.2 million students globally.
Sam, his wife Jenni, and 3 children attend, and are actively involved, at Harvest Bible Chapel. Sam admits that Christian education is his passion. He loves to see kids commit their life to Christ and make a difference for the Kingdom.
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