Sam Souder ('10) | Worship Ministry

Sam Souder

Sam Souder may be a singer, but he’s following in the footsteps of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“In the order of nature, we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom,” Emerson wrote. “But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.”

Sam, like Emerson, understands the value of paying forward the benefits he’s received.

A 2010 graduate of ACU, Sam was the first-ever student to earn a worship ministry degree and now serves as worship minister of the Fairfax (Va.) Church of Christ.

“It was a great four years,” Sam says of his college career. “I sincerely believe in ACU and love that place.”

But Sam says he recognizes that his experience at ACU – so formative in his decision to pursue worship ministry – would not have been possible without generous donors, whose gifts funded his scholarships and the academic programs crucial to his education.

Professors such as Randy Harris and Dr. David Wray in the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry, and Dr. Paul Piersall in the Department of Music were mentors and guides as Sam pursued his goals.

“I do believe God works through people and places and certain times,” he said. “I’m certainly grateful to have been at ACU.”

As a minister, Sam isn’t swimming in money, but he said he wanted to begin paying forward the support he received to help other students have the same experiences he had.

Each month, he renders what he can – “line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent.”

“ACU has done so much for me,” he said. “It’s not a lot, but I believe in the mission of ACU.”

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