Sam has been married to his dear wife Charlene since 1975. They have five children and at last count 14 grandchildren—all of whom they love very much.
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.
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. Leaving there in 2001, he pursued a PhD at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Having served as a pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky from 2005-2013, he became in 2013 one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky. He also serves as President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Systematic Theology of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.