Sam grew up in New Jersey. He came to trust in Jesus at 15. Following his college education at Rutgers College in New Jersey, he went to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for a Masters of Divinity.
While at Gordon, Sam met his wife Shua. They were married in Toronto and moved to Chicago where Sam worked on his Masters of Theology in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The moved to the Bay Area in 1999 and where they began the process of planting Wellspring Church. They have four children: Charisa, Sarah, Elisabeth, and Jack.
His interests are reading historical non-fiction and theology, the Yankees, playing sports, especially volleyball and soccer, riding bicycles and hiking, taking photos, and enjoying good and lively conversations about Jesus and life.