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Samuel S. Hemby

Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

Professor of Practical Theology


AA , North Carolina State University
BS in Biblical Studies - Lee University
Masters in Religion - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD in Organizational Leadership - Regent University


Sam Hemby serves as Professor of Leadership and Practical Theology for the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Since coming to Southeastern in 2002, his duties have included classroom instruction in several areas of practical ministry and leadership training as well as development and administrative oversight of graduate programs for BCMT. Hemby is an ordained minister with almost three decades of church ministry experience, serving churches in Florida and Illinois as Lead Pastor, traveling for several years as an itinerant teacher and evangelist, and serving as interim pastor for several congregations. He has also ministered as conference speaker and guest lecturer in various venues both nationally and abroad.
Additionally, Hemby has spent extensive time leading tours to Israel, including church groups as well as multiple five-week, study-abroad sessions with university students. He has also served the Assemblies of God in Alaska since 2011 serving during the summers as interim pastor of churches in leadership transition.
Hemby and his wife Rita have been married since 1973 and have two sons and two grandchildren.