Publishing God's stories among the nations.

There are certain people who simply make an extraordinary impact on the lives they meet. Being in their presence is like warmth on a cold day. It never grows old. These people are the ones who seem to have the perfect balance of loving you and also challenging you, encouraging you and pointing out when you need a new direction. They listen well, but they also pour joy and vision into you with the revelation of God’s love, not because they need to be heard, but because they want everyone around to discover the same wonder of who God really is. For me, this describes Ed Sinke.

I first met Ed during my School of Evangelism at YWAM Tyler, and we hit it off. There was an immediate connection. When I later came on staff, he became one of my Pastoral Care Leaders. Over the course of the next 8 years, over countless cups of coffee, too many trips to Starbucks, and many incredible afternoons in the Sinke living room, we became close.  He was a mentor, a pastor, a confidant, a constant, a friend.  

Some time ago, I made some seriously foolish choices in my life. Worse, I chose to hide them. No one knew. I continued in everyday life and ministry and pretended that it didn’t happen. However, at one point, through circumstances I don’t have enough time or words to describe here, it all came to light. Ed was the first person that I called. His voice was pained; there was disappointment. I had been dishonest. I had not lived up to who I claimed to be. But the words that came out of his mouth were like healing balm for my wounds. “Bud, you’re about to walk through a valley, and it’s going to be rough. But I promise I’ll walk with you every step of the way.” And he did. Every step. 

Ed saw me at my best and challenged me to go further. He saw me at my worst and walked with me when I didn’t deserve it. This is who he was. I am one of the countless people whose lives were better by knowing Ed Sinke. He gave his own life for the purpose of welcoming young people in so they would grow in their relationship with God, in their leadership, and in their understanding of this crazy thing called life. It was difficult to find time with him during the week because he stacked his schedule to meet with multiple people who needed guidance and love, but inevitably, he always found time for me. 😊

1 Corinthians 4:15 says we have “many teachers, but not many fathers…” Ed was a wonderful teacher, but more than that, he was an incredible father with countless grateful spiritual sons and daughters. I am one.


YWAM Tyler has been blessed by the many years of love and service Ed sacrificed for our community. Seth's story is one of hundreds impacted by Ed's life. If you desire deeper connection with Jesus, personal discipleship, and faith grown in community, we invite you to begin your own story in a Discipleship Training School.

Learn More

Seth Dale

Written by Seth Dale

Seth is a 3rd generation missionary with YWAM Tyler, serving on staff since 2012. He is passionate about seeing young people encounter the love of God and then be raised up to take the good news of Jesus to the nations. He and his wife Haley were married in September of 2020. They enjoy coffee, friends, games, and fishing.

2 min read

Discipleship is the Key to Missions

This is me with one of only 800 copies of the Bible in the Sakari language. Honestly, it was a holy movement grasping...

3 min read

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving

The tradition of celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful part of American life. Although this holiday is...

3 min read

God Is Moving in Ukraine

We receive urgent requests for prayer almost daily from Ukraine. It is incredible how God can orchestrate ministry even...

4 min read

What You Need to Know Before Taking a Gap Year

What if you could graduate high school, and you and your friends could travel the world with purpose? Would you...

2 min read

How You Can Champion Generation Z

There was a holy stillness in the classroom of 23 students. Some had hands in the air and eyes closed, others knelt,...

3 min read

Ministry to Displaced Ukrainians

A team of 25 missionaries from East Texas-based Youth With A Mission, or YWAM, are on a two-month outreach trip to...

4 min read

How You Know You're A Missionary

No one says it quite like Darlene Cunningham, co-founder of the largest mission organization on the planet — Youth With...

2 min read

God's Smuggler | A Real Life Hero

I believe in heroes, and I have had many in my lifetime. Brother Andrew, known as God's Smuggler, is undoubtedly one of...

2 min read

Dealing With Fear

I know a lot of people who no longer watch the news. Not just because they are overwhelmed, but they question the...

2 min read

The Spirit of Jesus

In an upcoming social media post that you'll see in the coming days, we are posting the caption: "The spirit of Christ...

2 min read

I Found God's Will and Escaped a Major Disaster

No relationship or career is worth more than being at the center of God’s will!

I had just finished law school in...

2 min read

The Day I Turned Around

We are so proud of our students here at YWAM Tyler. Please read Rose's story of how God set her free from self-harm and...