Attending church since nine months before his birth, Dr. Doug Samples has dedicated his entire life to the Nazarene church that he loves so much. “The Church of the Nazarene has given me everything I hold dear in my life: my childhood, my education, my wife, my best friends, my vocation, the clothes on my back and the food that I eat! All my greatest memories are somehow connected to the church, best of all the Church of the Nazarene introduced me to Jesus Christ who has changed my life for all eternity.”
Dr. Samples attended Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995. He has written two books
• Call Waiting: Connect With God’s Plan For Your Future, Beacon Hill Press., 2001
• Carols of Devotion: Treasures from our Favorite Christmas Hymns, Beacon Hill Press, 2003
Doug and his wife, Cheryl, who is a public school teacher, have been married 43 years and have two sons. Scott graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2004 and Mark graduated from Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA in 2003.
Because of his love for missions, Doug has been on numerous Work and Witness trips around the world: Belize (1972), South Korea (1989), Brazil (1994 and 1995), Spain (2003, twice), Trinidad (2004), Kenya (2005), Holy Land (2008) and Italy (2015).
After 30 years of pastoring churches in Ohio, California and Oklahoma, Dr. Samples is now in his 20th year of teaching Pastoral Ministry on the faculty of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK and is the Director of the Ministerial Intern Scholarship Program. Each school year, he coordinates 65-70 ministry students serving in 25 different Nazarene church throughout the OKC area. He also stays in touch with 180+ graduates who are serving in pastoral ministry positions around the world.