Sam joined Gilead in May of 2008. Sam grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas with his parents and two younger brothers. He graduated from high school in 1991 and went to Vanderbilt University on a Naval ROTC scholarship. It was there that he met his future wife, Heather. Sam and Heather graduated from college in 1995 and were married immediately afterward. Sam was subsequently commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps and went on to serve in Virginia, California, and Japan until the end of 2004. During his career in the Marine Corps, Sam served in operations in several countries including Afghanistan. Sam resigned his commission in the Marine Corps in 2004 in order to pursue vocational ministry. He has served as interim Pastor for Palms Baptist Church in Twentynine Palms, California for two years and as Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky for four years. Sam and Heather have three children: Abby, Clark and Ethan.