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Samuel E. Baker

Associate Professor, Students & Family Ministries, 2006

B.A. Biola University
MACE Talbot School of Theology
Ed.D. George Fox University

Ministry Experience

30 + years ministry experience, serving churches in California, Oregon, and Washington—in the following areas: youth ministry, children's ministry, sports and recreation ministries, men's ministry, adult ministries, family ministries, pastoral care and counseling, church administration, and Christian education. Also serves as a ministry trainer, camp speaker, conference workshop and seminar speaker, church leadership consultant, and regular pulpit supply.

Professional Service

  • Member: SPCE – Society of Professors of Christian Education
  • Member: AYME – Association of Youth Ministry Educators
  • Member: IASYM - International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
  • Member and Certified Instructor: ETA – Evangelical Training Association
  • Certified Counselor: PREPARE/ENRICH
  • Member: Kappa Tau Epsilon Scholastic Honor Society

Publications, Reviews and Presentation Activities

  • Baker, S. & Gilbert, C. Emerging Adults’ View of Sexuality.” Chapel Address. Corban University, Salem, OR, April, 2014.
  • Baker, S.  Effective Bible Teaching Strategies.” Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International Convention, 2013. Seminar, Salem First church of the Nazarene, Salem, OR, October 11, 2013.
  • Peer Reviewer: Yoder, B. Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment.” The Journal of Youth Ministry. Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring 2013, 87-129.
  • Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: The New Default Worldview of American Emerging Adults.” Corban Honors Program. Lecture, Corban University, Salem, OR, February 20, 2013.
  • Widening the Circle: Adult Influencers & the Circle of Five” 22:6 Parenting Workshop. Seminar, Grace Community Church, Dallas, OR, November 12, 2012.
  • Book Review: Root, A. and Dean, K. The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.” Dedicated: School of Ministry Journal. October 25, 2012. /index.php/2012/10/the-theological-turn-in-youth-ministry/
  • The Default Worldview of American Teens.” Christian News Northwest, January, 2012, Opinion Section.
  • Widening the Circle: Adult Influencers & the Circle of Five.” Collaborate503. Seminar, Stayton, OR, November 5, 2011.
  • Spiritual Formation: Trends & Issues in Student & Family Ministries” / Exegesis of Youth Culture: Postmodern Adolescence 101” / Preaching and Teaching to Impact Generation-Me” / The Default Worldview of Teens: ‘MTD’ – Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” Revision. Lectures Series, Northwest Baptist Convention Youth Ministry Summit, Vancouver, WA, February 25-26, 2011.
  • and Husk, S. Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll: Brain Development Issues in Emerging Adulthood.” Lunch and Lecture. Co-presenter, Corban University, Salem, OR, February 16, 2011.
  • Book Review: Belcher, Jim. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional.” Dedicated: School of Ministry Journal. February 3, 2011. /index.php/2011/02/deepchurch/.
  • The Religious Outlook and Spirituality of Emerging Adults.” Faculty Professional Development Seminars. Lecture, Corban University, Salem, OR, Tuesday, August 24, 2010.
  • Book Review: Nelson, Alan. KidLead: Growing Great Leaders.” Christian Education Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2010, 452-455.
  • Preaching and Teaching to Connect With Generation Me.” Baptist Network Northwest Annual Conference. Seminar, Bethany Baptist Church, Salem, OR, Tuesday, April 10, 2010.
  • Et. al. Thoughtful Christian Response to Uncertain Times.” Corban Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 1, Spring 2009, 17.
  • Strategic Planning.” Gather-4-Him. Seminar, Youth Leadership Conference, Pasco, WA, Saturday, November 8, 2008.
  • Apophatic and Kataphatic Spiritual Types: A Descriptive Comparison of the Similarities and Differences between Protestant and Catholic Seminarians’ Spirituality.” Paper presented at annual conference of the North American Professors of Christian Education. San Jose, California, October, 2007. [Peer-reviewed].


Member, Kappa Tau Epsilon Scholastic Honor Society.


Has been married to his wife Alyson since 1986. They have two daughters, Courtney and Katie. "We also have a dog named 'Cozmo" - I’ll leave it to you to guess his breed…?" In his spare time Sam enjoys playing as much golf as possible, reading, hangin’ with family, spending time with students outside of class, and all kinds of sports and recreation activities.