Samuel Chez serves the CCO as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. His focus is on cultivating relationships with churches, colleges, universities and community organizations who would like to partner with us to reach out to college students.
During his student years at Messiah College, Sam was involved with the CCO’s Issachar’s Loft ministry as a student leader and adventure education facilitator. Sam recalls that his “first significant experience with CCO staff was on a mission trip to Haiti in 1992, which serves as a milestone in my spiritual development.”
Sam originally joined CCO staff in 1994 to work as residence hall director at Grove City College, and in 1997, he left the CCO to take a position as a youth pastor in Baltimore, Maryland. He returned to the CCO in 2001 to serve as an Area Director, supervising staff and developing positions in the Metro Philadelphia area. In 2008, he became the Vice President of the Eastern Region, overseeing our ministry in Central Pennsylvania, Central New York, & Metro Philadelphia while also developing positions in the metro New York and Washington DC/Baltimore areas.
“Although I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian college, it was during my involvement with the CCO where I really grew,” Sam says. “I’ve always been idealistic and wanted to ‘change the world,’ and what better way than to work for an organization whose core purpose is to do just that by transforming college students to transform the world?”
Sam lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kim, and their three children, Bethany, Andrew and Nathanael. They are members of New Life Presbyterian Church in Dresher, where Sam serves as a ruling elder.
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