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Sam Rima has served in a broad variety of ministry and leadership roles over the past 35 years. Spanning the church, academia, and the non-profit worlds, Sam has experience as a Lead Pastor, Executive Pastor, denominational Executive Minister (overseeing churches and ministries in five states), seminary professor, and non-profit program director.
With a passion for spiritual and leadership formation, Sam has taught and spoken extensively through the U.S. and on five continents.
He is the author or co-author of five books and is a certified Spiritual Director. Sam has earned a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Buckingham, UK, in Socioeconomics (Spiritual Capital).
Dr. Rima lives in the Inland Pacific Northwest with his wife, Sue, and enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids, as well as enjoying the forests and lakes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
President & Founder of heart of a Warrior Ministries
I have witnessed his sterling leadership capability and capacity in a variety of roles inside and outside of academic settings. In every case he has demonstrated a value-centered and inspiring professionalism whether resolving difficult issues, motivating teams, providing strategic focus, developing implementation plans, evaluating effectiveness and efficiency, conceptualizing innovative programming, conducting training and instruction, challenging status quo, or moving organizations to new plateaus of organizational excellence.
Author of Survival Guide for the Soul,
Lead Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver BC
Sam Rima is a brilliant and perceptive spiritual guide. He will masterfully mine his expansive education, deep relationship with God, and the joys and sorrow of his own pilgrimage in the service of your spiritual life.
Pastor, Writer and Artist
When I think of Sam, the words wisdom, compassion, courage, and integrity come to mind. His wisdom comes from a life lived close to God; his compassion flows out his own redeemed story; his courage is the result of stepping out in faith time and time again; and this comes together in his integrity shown by Sam’s striving to have his outer life match his inner life. This shapes the organizations and people whom Sam leads – people marked by wise counsel; compassionate leadership, courageous decision making; and integrated holistic growth. If you are looking to be a whole-hearted leader who seeks first the Kingdom of God in your own life and the places where you lead, I can’t think of a better person to walk with you than Sam
Multisite Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sam is a highly skilled developer of people and teams. He coached our staff team through key transitions, helping to align our activity with our values. I highly recommend him to you!
Professor of Leadership
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
From his extensive leadership experience to his relevant scholarship and writing, Dr. Sam Rima brings a wealth of insight to those with whom he works. Through his wise, timely, and personable training and coaching, Dr. Rima will provide value to anyone desiring to take the next steps in their personal and professional growth.
Director of Operations, Vantage Point 3
I’d say that I learned more about living out the Gospel through Sam’s leadership and teaching and role model than at any other time in my life. His ability to discern, teach and just ‘be’ the life of Christ is remarkable.
Spiritual Director and Pastor of Spiritual Formation, Ontario, Canada
I have had the unique privilege of walking with Sam as both my Spiritual Director as well as a pastoral leader in my life. Sam Rima is someone who has done the hard work of vulnerably facing himself with the power of the Holy Spirit, and is now a wise soul friend and mentor on the journey. I wholeheartedly trust Sam as someone who is a friend of Jesus, who knows His heart, and who desires to live out of the power of that relationship. I can unreservedly recommend Sam as a Spiritual Director and as a Leadership mentor and coach for anyone who hopes to walk and lead with integrity, conviction, and joy
Senator , R South Dakota, United States Senate
Dr. Sam Rima is right on the mark. Practical and compelling, Leading from the Inside Out is great for anyone who wants to get serious about all aspects of personal leadership.
Bible College Instructor and YWAM Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
For me, the Dark Side of Leadership cohort was the first time that I had ever heard this topic addressed. We desperately need this. It was quite interesting and exciting for me to evaluate myself and to know how to combat the dark side with God's help. It has definitely helped me to have an increased self-awareness and to better understand my relationship with God and how he views me in Christ. Thank you very much Dr. Sam! You are a great facilitator, counselor and a kind teacher. I Praise God for you.
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