Sam wears many different hats at the same time. He is striving daily to be a disciple of Jesus and a genuine worshipper of God. He is blessed to be the husband to Ann Chacko. He is the father of Nicole, Timothy and Micah. He is the lead pastor at LOFT City Church. He is also an accountant at Marketplace Ministries.
I wear many different hats in life. To describe me would be to say that I am a disciple of Jesus, a husband, father, a pastor and an accountant. In 2005, God lead me to start a Bible study with a small group of second generation Indians in Dallas. WIth no intention of ever becoming a church, we met faithfully every week, in different locations, and studied God’s word together. God had different plans and over the course of the past few years began transforming this Bible study into a church-plant called LOFT City Church. God, in His grace and mercy, allows me to lead this group of -loving, risk-taking disciples of Jesus that are loving our community, our neighbors, each other and the world. Over the course of time, God has been bringing people of various denominations, ethnicities and cultures and we have become a family.
My parents migrated to the United States when I was three years old and I was raised up in Philadelphia and was blessed to brought up in a Christian family. Both of my grandparents were pastors before being promoted to glory. My father (the biggest spiritual influence on my life) has been in the ministry since the early 70′s both in India and in Philadelphia.
In 1997, through a series of events, I ended up at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK to study accounting. During my first year there, I went on a missions trip to India. During this trip, I strongly sensed the Lord leading me into full time ministry. I came back, finished up my accounting degree and worked in an accounting firm for one year. Then I resigned andjoined seminary and graduated with my Master’s in Divinity. During the course of these three years, the Lord blessed me with various ministry opportunities including being a youth pastor, hospital chaplain and mission trips to various parts of the world (including India and Africa). I’ve had opportunities to speak at various conventions and youth camps, especially among the South Indian community.
After finishing my degree, God led me to meet my future wife, Ann, and we were married in September of 2003. Our marriage was surrounded with incredibly trying and sorrowful times. Ann’s brother, Jaiby, drowned in a lake in Dallas just a week before our wedding. Needless to say, we started our marriage on some trying and difficult times, but the Lord has been faithful and brought us this far. After our wedding, we settled in Dallas. Over the last several years, we have seen the providential hand of God working in our lives in so many incredible ways. We have truly tasted and seen that God is good. He has blessed us with two incredible children, who bring so much life and energy to the Chacko home. Nicole was born in 2004, Timothy was born in 2007 and Micah was born in 2013. We currently reside in Rowlett, TX.
Since moving to Dallas, God’s used me to help start the Association of Biblical Counselors, a ministry that trains pastors and leaders on how to counsel from a Biblical perspective. I am also currently working with Marketplace Chaplains, a ministry that provides chaplain care to employees in various organizations around the country.
Besides leading the church, I’m passionate about my family. I am “super dad” – taking my kids to swimming, ballet and t-ball practises. I also love to read, eat good meals, and hang out with friends and family. Even though I live in Dallas, I will always be a die hard Eagles and Phillies fan. While I still like the Sixers, I see myself becoming more of a Mavericks fan.
I love the Gospel. It is what motivates me to live every single day. It motivates all that I do in ministry and life. I love discipleship and mentoring people in their walk with God. I get excited about pre-marital counseling and teaching people Biblical principles of having a marriage that honors God. I also love being in community. Church isn’t just a place where I lead, it’s friends, its family. I love where God has placed me and encouraged by the people He has put around me.
That is my story.