BA (Rocky Mountain College); MA (Regent College); Dip.DS (Vancouver School of Theology)
Samuel is a church leader and academic integrator from Calgary, AB. His passion is the careful interpretation of biblical texts for life in today’s world. Some of Samuel’s academic interests include the Epistle of James, Synoptic studies, NT Eschatology, and hermeneutical theory. He is committed to integrating the Christian tradition with intellectual rigour and robust spiritual formation.
Born and raised in Calgary, Samuel received the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Development from Rocky Mountain (Bible) College in 2012, and served as a youth and young adults pastor in three local congregations from 2007–2015. In 2018, he was awarded the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (New Testament) from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. His thesis, written under the supervision of Dr. Mariam J. Kamell Kovalishyn, was entitled “Deparabolization in James: A Study of the Theological and Thematic Appropriation of the Synoptic Parables of Jesus in the Epistle of James.” Also in 2018, he received the Diploma in Denominational Studies from the Vancouver School of Theology.
Samuel is in the process of transferring his ministerial credentials between denominations, and is a Candidate for Ordination in The United Church of Canada. He currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Southwood United Church in Calgary. He is a social media enthusiast and a keen ecumenical networker. Together with his wife, Stephanie, he has two energetic young daughters.