Sam Massey accepted the call to be pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City in 2008. He regularly preaches, teaches, provides pastoral and spiritual direction, and gives the congregation administrative leadership. He is also a public face of the congregation in the regional Presbytery of East Iowa, the Consultation of Religious Communities, and other venues as needed. He strives to express vibrantly the Reformed tradition in contexts of religious pluralism, religious intolerance, and apathy. Because God alone is Lord of the conscience, and the Spirit of God is always reforming the church and society, Pastor Sam seeks to listen and speak TO people rather than attempting to speak FOR them. Just as a bit of sand irritates an oyster into making a pearl, Pastor Sam tries to irritate people into create a life pleasing to God. He does so through retelling of Scriptures through which God speaks. He enjoys hearing the reflections of agnostics, atheists, and other “seekers on the road.”
Pastor Sam is married to Susan and is the proud father of Will and Daniel Massey. He also serves in locus parentis for a basset hound, Clover. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He enjoys walking and, when he has time, bicycling, gardening and fishing. He loves science fiction and ghost stories, although he appreciates a good short story, theological argument, or philosophical treatise. Other than the periodic fish or seafood, which he regards as barely sentient creatures, he is a vegetarian.