Sam has been married to his dear wife Charlene since 1975. They have five children by natural generation and three more by marriage and eight grandchildren from said marriages—all of whom they love very much. Sam enjoys reading, weight-lifting, walking, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Sam received a Bachelor of Religious Education from Grand Rapids Baptist College in 1973, completed studies equivalent to a Master of Divinity at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey in 1982, and graduated from the Master of Theology program at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1987. His Master’s Thesis was Political Revolution in the Reformed Tradition: An Historical and Biblical Critique.
Sam was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids from 1977-2001 and taught at Trinity Ministerial Academy from 1981 to 1989. He has authored a number of books including The Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession, The Reformed Baptist Manifesto, The End Times Made Simple, More of the End Times Made Simple, To Be Continued? and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response. He also was one of the four contributors to Who Runs the Church, a multiple views book on church government published by Zondervan. He has also written a number of other works including Baptist Roots in America and Biblical Baptism: A Reformed Defense of Believer’s Baptism.
Sam obtained a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. His dissertation entitled, Faith, Obedience, and Justification: Recent Evangelical Departures form Sola Fide has also been published. He served as one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church from 2005-2013. He is now one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. He also serves as the Academic Dean of and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies.
His book, A Man as Priest in His Home, was published in 2013 and speaks to the need for wise, assertive, sensitive, and compassionate leadership by men in their homes. Another book also published in 2013 is entitled: Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved. Its goal is to help Christians who want to share a clear gospel presentation with lost in Bible studies or personal evangelistic situations.