"Dr. Sam" - Rev. Sam Wright, Ph.D.
Contact Dr. Sam
phone: 941.955.0935 ext. 104
Affectionately known as ‘Dr. Sam,’ Rev. Sam Wright, Ph.D. has served United Methodist churches of Florida since 1994. He was appointed to First Church in July 2016.
In addition to serving as pastor, Dr. Sam has a passion for both teaching and writing. He has taught in universities and seminaries in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, and Brazil – mostly in the field of Biblical Studies. He has written Sunday School curriculum and articles for theological journals.
In 2013 he and his wife Yvonne suffered the tragic loss of their son. Their personal journey through the grieving process is the basis for his book Heartbreak to Hope: Overcoming the Anguish of Grief. This 2016 publication has helped many people find their way through the grieving process. It is available for purchase at the church office or on www.amazon.com.
Dr. Sam and Yvonne have a lovely daughter who lives and works in Sarasota. She has a cat named Max that is quite affectionate, especially to those who dislike cats.
When Dr. Sam is not tending to the needs of our congregation, you can find him busily typing at his desk, reading, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors.
He is currently working on the second volume of a series entitled Smart Aleck’s Guide to the Bible, a humorous look at the stories of the Bible. People are enjoying the first volume of the book, which is available on www.amazon.com or in the church office.