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Tex Sample in October, 2008
Tex Sample (born December 28, 1934) is a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, and the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at the St. Paul School of Theology, a United Methodistseminary in Kansas City, MO where he taught from 1967–1999. One of his specialties is working-class people and he has published four books in this field.
Born in Brookhaven, MS, Sample received a BA from Millsaps College, an MDiv and PhD from Boston University, and a DD from Coe College. A former cab driver, laborer, and oil field roustabout, he is currently a freelance speaker and consultant and lives in Goodyear, AZ. A much sought-after lecturer, storyteller, workshop leader and consultant, Tex is a contributor to many of the DVD programs in the Living the Questions series. His two most recent books are Earthy Mysticism (2008) and The Future of John Wesley's Theology (2012).
His father named him after Texanna Gillham, an African-American woman who was born in slavery and helped raise his father near Center, Texas.