John Samson Biography
John Samson is a Reformed pastor and author with a passion for the local Church and for the free offer of the gospel to be proclaimed far and wide. He serves as the pastor of King’s Church in Peoria, Arizona, USA and writes at reformationtheology.com and at effectualgrace.com
In June of 2017, John will celebrate 30 years in Christian ministry. In that time he has pastored churches in both England and the USA, and has included ministry trips to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India and Mongolia, in Churches, Camps, Conferences and Gospel outreach.
John’s passion is to proclaim God as He really is, and the Gospel as it really is, believing that it is impossible to have one without the other. In light of this, he is happy to affirm the five Solas of the Reformation and the Doctrines of Grace.
For many years John hosted a live 2 hour Christian television program as well as a 30 minute daily Bible teaching radio broadcast, “the Spirit of Faith,” covering central Arizona on KPXQ 1360 AM.
John is the author of numerous biblical and theological articles and his book “Twelve What Abouts – Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election” (published by Solid Ground Christian books) has been widely distributed, helping many come to a new and fresh understanding of the grace of God. It is available for purchase in paperback here and in e-book here. It is also now available in the italian language.
John was born and raised in the historic city of Chester, England, situated just a few miles from the border with Wales. Chester was originally founded as a Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the year 79 AD during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian.
John desired to become a professional football player (football is known as “soccer” in the USA), being chosen for the Chester Under 19 side while still only 16 years of age. However, the Lord had a different and more exciting path, calling him into the ministry!
Graduating from the Regents Theological College in England in 1987, John began his ministry as the Associate of the late Harry Greenwood. (Below is a photo of John and Harry together, taken in November, 1987, in Kerala, India).
Inspired by a deep desire to proclaim the truth of God’s word without compromise, John is known for his simple, down to earth and clear Bible teaching ministry, which is often blended with humor.
Sensing God’s call to live and serve in the USA is very much a long term assignment, John became a full USA citizen in February, 2003.
Pastor John’s blog is effectualgrace.com where many of his audio and video teachings are available.