I am from Tucson, Arizona, and attend International Baptist College and Seminary in Chandler, AZ. I grew up in a Christian home with both my parents. My Mom grew up in a Missionary home where she served with my Grandfather and Grandmother on the reservation. She was saved at an early age and has been serving in my home Church since I can remember. My Father did not grow up in a Christian home and didn’t get saved until later in life. My Grandfather led my Dad to the Lord. My Mom and Dad have three children and I am number two. I got saved when I was eight years old. I remember a sermon being preached on the rapture and I knew if Jesus would come back right then I would be left behind because I was a sinner. That night I gave up my sin and asked Jesus into my life.

I didn’t really live my life for the Lord until my sophomore year of high school. It was at camp Ironwood where God got a hold of my heart and I gave my life to Him to use me in full-time ministry. I used my ability to play basketball to witness to people who need Jesus. Eventually, that led me to International Baptist College and Seminary(IBCS).  I am working on my Bachelor of Arts with pastoral emphasis. Jeremy and I got introduced at Tri-City Baptist Church. I never expected to be traveling, but God opened doors and God by his sovereignty allowed me to travel this year. I am super excited to serve and to see souls saved.

~ Sam

Sam Near

Sam Near

Teen Evangelist