Reverend Sam Martin is serving as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at James Island Presbyterian Church. Following his graduation with an Associate of Science Degree from Louisburg Junior College, he played professional baseball before returning to school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from UNC-Asheville, and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Sam grew up in the United Methodist Church and began his ministry in the mountains of North Carolina. For nearly thirty-four years, Sam has served churches in Western North Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and in the low country of South Carolina. Sam has served United Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian (U.S.A.) congregations and recently completed serving as Moderator of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery. He also worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he was on staff for five years as Area Director of twenty five counties in eastern North Carolina. He has five years of new church development experience, is an avid story teller and loves to meet people and hear their stories of how God is transforming their lives. In his “spare time,” he loves to hunt and fish and spend time outside.
Sam married “his bride” Amy Strong nearly thirty-four years ago, after having been introduced to her by his older sister. Together, Sam and Amy have two beautiful children, Caleb and Amy Kate. Caleb is 25 and a full time Firefighter in Summerville, S.C., post-graduation from the Citadel in 2017. He will be married in September of 2020. Amy Kate is 22 and finishing her last semester at the College of Charleston and majoring in Health Science. She will pursue her Physician’s Assistant degree following her marriage in August of 2020. Amy is employed by the VA in downtown Charleston and has been an R.N. for better than thirty years and sings in our church choir. Together, they are very excited to serve the James Island Community of faith.