Here you will find information on our featured contributors. These individuals produce content in our blog section, concerning various areas of ministry and their importance in faithful discipleship.


Joshua Schmidt is a Bible College student, banker, and deacon. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of the Cumberlands. He currently serves on staff at First Baptist Church in Grayson, Kentucky as Sunday School Director, where he also teaches young adults. Joshua he lives in Grayson with his wife, Lauren. He enjoys football, Old Testament history, and is a self-proclaimed taco aficionado.

As a featured contributor, Joshua assists The Samuel Ministry by blogging in areas concerning Sunday School health, growth, and development, and Church finances.


Dwayne Raines is currently serving as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Calvary Baptist Church in Piketon, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Tara and daughter, Aubrey. Dwayne’s passion for ministering to youth has led him to pursue an education in ministry, and he is currently a student at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, seeking a bachelor’s degree. He enjoys watching University of Kentucky basketball, reading his Bible, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family.

As a featured contributor, Dwayne assists the Samuel Ministry by blogging in areas concerning the health, growth, and development of successful youth ministries, along with submitting weekly devotionals for the reader to enjoy.