But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Vocational Elder; Pastor for Small Groups, North
- Administrative Assistant: Ruth Gulbranson (612-338-7653 x803)
Sam’s early life was formed on a farm where he gave himself to Christ at the age of five. His family moved frequently, living in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, and northern Minnesota. Sam’s main desire in life is to become more like Jesus. He met and married Vicki in 1973. In 1974, he graduated from St. Cloud State with two majors: Elementary Education and Psychology. Further studies at Trinity and South Dakota State concluded in a Master’s degree in Education in 1979.
At some point during his 16 years of faithful ministry and assistance to three pastors of the Brookings (South Dakota) Wesleyan Church, Sam became aware of Bethlehem, and God slowly drew him in this direction. His interest in joining our pastoral staff centered “on an earnest desire to come alongside and foster a great and deep appreciation of a grand and glorious God—to engender an unbridled enthusiasm for the preeminence of Christ.”
Sam provides ministry leadership to our small group ministry at our North Campus.