He grew up in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. and graduated from George Mason with a BA in philosophy and a master’s in education. After teaching for a year, he joined the staff of Young Life where he served as an area director for four years. He then went to Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1983 with an M.Div. After serving churches in Virginia, he and his wife Beth moved to Jacksonville in 1985 to join the staff of Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park. He served as associate rector, interim rector and then rector from 1987 to 2006 when he left the Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Church. He then helped start a new Anglican Church which met at Orange Park High School. That congregation served as the core for what is now Grace Anglican Church on Fleming Island.
Sam received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1995 and has authored two books on Anglican history and theology. He is semi-retired and serves as the resident clergy at Jacksonville Anglican Fellowship. He also shares a counseling practice with his wife and is director of the Anglican Studies Program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville.