Sam Turnipseed

Director Emeritus/Co-Founder

Sam is an Entomologist by profession having graduated from the University of NC with a BA in Zoology; Clemson University with a MS in Entomology; and NC State with a PhD in Entomology. His career of 48 years with Clemson University encompassed research in soybean and cotton production. He traveled throughout the world during his career.

He came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 9 at a service preached by his grandfather. Sam has served his churches through teaching and serving on many committees throughout the years.

Sam’s first short term mission trip was to Honduras in 1999 from which he returned with a heart committed to the people whom he encountered in the Quimistan Valley. He sat on the Board of Directors of a foundation dedicated to the people of Honduras from 2003-2011 serving on the Educational and Public Awareness and Fundraising committees. During these years he made bi-annual trips to Honduras and spread his passion for the Hondurans to many who joined him in service. It was out of these experiences that God called him and his wife, Roxanne, to full time mission work in the Quimistan Valley to care for and love the children as Jesus commanded.