On April 13, 2014, Bel Air Presbyterian Church's congregation voted to call Rev. Dr. Drew Sams as our new Pastor and Head of Staff! He will be introduced at Easter at the Hollywood Bowl
and then start preaching here on Sunday, April 27 at all services
his sermon series Emmaus | Encountering Jesus on Our Journey
Below is the letter from the Pastor Nominating Committee introducing Pastor Drew and a brochure with more information...
Dear Bel Air Family,
Your Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased and very excited to bring you some wonderful news. After meeting for 14 months, God has led us to call an outstanding candidate for the Senior Pastor position at Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
He is Dr. Drew Sams, currently the Associate Teaching Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. He and his bride, Erika, and their two-year-old son, Judah, are thrilled at the prospect of joining the Bel Air family, and can't wait to meet you!
Drew will be preaching at Bel Air on Sunday, April 13, at a combined 9 a.m. and 901 service in the Sanctuary, and then again at a combined 11 a.m. service (the 6 p.m. will be combined with the 11 a.m.). Immediately following the 11 a.m. service, there will be a congregational vote to officially call Drew to be our new pastor. After the vote, there will be a welcome reception in the Discipleship Center where you can meet Drew and Erika. Be sure to join us!
We think you will agree with us—Drew is a gifted preacher of the Word. At Calvary Community, he preaches to a multi-generational church of over 3000, and is beloved by both younger and older congregants. He exhibits strong staff leadership skills, and is committed to discipleship and small group ministries. In fact, Drew developed and launched a discipleship community that has engaged over 500 congregants in the past 18 months. He did his graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics and Future Studies. Erika is a Certified Public Accountant, currently working at Corptax (a tax software company) as a Senior Quality Assurance Analyst.
Drew is no stranger to Bel Air, having worked in several capacities with our church from 2003–2005. Having been born and raised locally, he also knows the L.A. culture.
We pray God's continued blessings upon you, Bel Air, Calvary Community, and the Sams family.
Mike Mizrahi, Terry Botwick, Jonathan Bock, Edie Lehmann Boddicker, Ami WoodardHigginbotham, Jay Wolf, Mary Martin, Tracey Solitare, Jordan Lee, Ross Talkington, Randy Hess