STS 2021 Alumni Awards

Shepherds has the privilege of presenting two alumni awards each year that commemorate different STS graduates who are living out their theology and representing Christ in their families, churches, and communities. These awards are the Impact Award for Service and the Servant Leader Award, respectively. Descriptions of each award, along with brief bios of the 2021 recipients of the awards, are outlined below.

Servant Leader Award
The Servant Leader Award is annually presented to an alumnus who exemplifies the ideals of a servant leader, sacrificially giving of both time and effort to invest God’s Word in the lives of others and to shepherd others toward a closer walk with Christ. This year’s alum is Sam Martin.

Sam served as Assistant Pastor at Laramie Valley Chapel (Laramie, WY) with his father for several years before God laid church planting with a trade on his heart.

He attended a barber school in Salt Lake City, UT, and opened a barbershop in Laramie.

In 2017, Sam moved his wife Erin and four children to St. George, UT, to open another barbershop. Through the means of that trade, he lead a mission team of four other men and their families to join them in the area and plant Red Mesa Fellowship, where each of the men serve as pastors of the church.

They continue their involvement in church planting and are raising up a team to plant a second church in St. George.

2021 Impact Award for Service – Sam Martin


Impact Award for Service
The Impact Award for Service is given once a year to an alum who has faithfully sought to impact the world for Christ by 1) having an effect upon those touched, 2) influencing others strongly for Christ, and 3) promoting biblical values on the culture to which they minister. This year’s alum is Rich Main.

Rich has been a product manager at SAS since 1995.

He has faithfully attended The Shepherd’s Church since 2001.

Rich has served on the elder team at The Shepherd’s Church since 2009 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Elder Board.

Rich has taught the Church History Class for over 10 years and also teaches the Leadership Essentials Class at The Shepherd’s Church.

Has been married to his wonderful wife Heidi for 34 years, and they have a daughter, Ashlyn, who lives in Charlotte, NC.

2021 Servant Leader Award – Rich Main