About Sam

I grew up in tiny Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, an avid participant in both the local community theatre and First United Methodist Church.  I attended Sewanee: The University of the South, and barely escaped with a B.A. in Music.  I began serving a pastoral charge part-time in September 1991 and went full-time in July 1992.

Candler School of Theology in Emory University shaped me for ministry from 1995-1998 granting me the M.Div. I served churches in Tennessee and Alabama from 1999 to 2009.

In 2009, my dream of pursuing an advanced degree in homiletics became reality as my family and I moved to Canada and I enrolled in Emmanuel College, a United Church of Canada seminary in The University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology.  I was privileged to study with the Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, about whom you will hear frequently on this blog! I graduated with a Th.D. in May 2016.

I currently serve the Cloverdale United Methodist Church in Dothan, Alabama. I have two amazing children and two fabulous cats.

My doctoral thesis can be found here: My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty: A Sacramental Homiletic of Appropriation and ActionMay the odds be ever in your favor.

I also contributed to the Abingdon Theological Companion to the Lectionary, 
Preaching Year A.

You can also find me on academia.edu here.