Director of Youth Ministrysriedel@mtolivet-umc.org
Sam was born and raised in Northern Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and English from Virginia Tech as well as a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the youngest of 4 siblings and a proud uncle of a strong-willed 2-year-old. Sam is an avid reader and enjoys political history as well as literature that dives deep into the big questions of life. He loves to talk, travel, and learn about everything in God’s vast world. Sam played tennis and soccer most of his life as well as more video games than was probably wise. His heroes are Ulysses S. Grant and Martin Luther, his favorite book is Jane Eyre, and his favorite fictional character is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Above all Sam loves stories and his greatest joy is seeing individual stories interact with and ultimately be transformed by God’s deep and rich narrative.