The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)
Organization: First United Methodist Church, Marietta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA.

He is a native Georgian and a graduate of Piedmont College, Emory University (M. Div.), and the Columbia Theological Seminary (D. Min.).

He spends his free time reading and writing. He is an avid golfer and a reluctant gardener. He has been a regular columnist for The Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the newspaper of Georgia Methodism, and devoted time to the well-being of disenfranchised children and youth.

He and his wife Bobbi enjoy three adult sons and one grandson.

In one of those mid-life surprises that sometimes come along, Dr. Matthews learned recently that he was named indirectly for the great Methodist evangelist, Sam P. Jones, and has been working long hours now to live up to the challenge.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews

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Teach Us to Pray

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews tells us that persistent prayer is virtuous  when it seeks the mind and heart and spirit of God and  reminds us that we are called to sincere prayers in the midst of the Church body.

Then How Do We Live?

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews reminds us that the quality of life isn't in the things we amass, but in our connection to the God who made us, and to the world around us, always in the assurance that the God of creation is still creating.

A Tough Call on Humility

Friday October 24, 2008
In his sermon on Luke 14:1,7-14, Dr. Sam Matthews explores Jesus' teaching on humility, noting that in humility there is obedience, and obedience is its own reward. The hard part, he says, is figuring out to whom we are to be humble, whom we are called to serve.

Radio by The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews

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Day 1 Podcast Extra- Matthews

Friday October 24, 2008
In this Day One Podcast Extra, The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA, shares his personal insights and experiences