Pastor Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, III received his Doctorate of Divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and Vocal Music Performance from The University of Cincinnati Ohio. He is also an alum of The Julliard School of Music. In addition to St. Paul UMC Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Sampson also serves as pastor of Hazel Park First UMC in Hazel Park, Michigan. Before his current assignments, Dr. Sampson served as the campus pastor of West Outer Drive UMC, and has served in many other capacities including:
• Drug Addiction Counselor, Family Counselor, and Administrative Assistant to the Pastor at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Mi.
• Pastor of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee
• Coordinator, Administrator, and Associate Professor at Spring Arbor College in Detroit, Mi.
• Associate Professor of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee
• Personnel Trainer and College Recruiter at the American National Service Company
He is a composer, a published author, and playwright. He was the owner/director of Magi Ministries and Enchantment Theater – an organization presenting story themes and musical material in a group counseling format. This unique presentation style, shared with many students in more than 30 schools in Dallas, Texas, dealt with subjects such as peer pressure, goal setting, and lifestyle disciplines. Dr. Sampson is also a professional singer and has given many concerts and performances. He has received numerous awards including the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Sampson is the proud father of two adult children, Frederick IV, and Mrs. Eva Marie Hill, and the devoted husband of Mrs. Pamela McCree Sampson.
Mrs. Judy White is the Music Facilitator for Clarkston Community Schools, and the Director of Music at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Judy attended Hammond High School in Hammond, Indiana. She lives in Clarkston, Michigan. St. Paul has had the pleasure of Judy's musical expertise since 1983. As minister of music, she attends staff meetings and helps prepare for special activities such as weddings and funeral services. In her role, she supports the vision of the church leadership and the senior pastor.
Mrs. Laura Ferguson handles St. Paul's countless office tasks, such as filing, generating reports and presentations, setting up meetings, and reordering supplies. She provides real-time scheduling support by booking appointments and preventing conflicts. She provides support to staff and office visitors by handling a variety of tasks in order to ensure all interactions between the church and others are positive and productive. She is a master multi-tasker with excellent communication skills and an upbeat attitude to keep St. Paul running as smoothly as possible.