Philip G. Samaan, D. Min.

Professor of Religion and Spirituality

Ellen G. White Memorial Chair in Religion


Contact Information:

Office Location: 226 Hackman Hall

Office Phone: 423.236.2982


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Philip Samaan has been with the School of Religion since 1998.  He was appointed to the Ellen G. White Memorial Chair in Religion in 2000. Prior to this, he served as chief editor of the adult Sabbath School lessons at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and as a professor, both in the School of Religion and the Theological Seminary, at Andrews University.  While at the Seminary, he served as director of the North American Division Youth Resource Center and the Center for Continuing Education for Ministry.  He aso directed the Seminary's MA in Pastoral Ministry and the Doctor of Ministry programs.

Earlier, Dr. Samaan served as director of the department of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries for the Africa-Indian Ocean Division and director of Youth Outreach and Campus Ministries for the North Pacific Union Conference in North America.  He also pastored and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1979.

Philip and his wife, Sherilyn, a music teacher, enjoy traveling and ministry around the world.


Education and Degrees:

  • D.Min. – Andrews University
  • M.Div. – Andrews Univeristy
  • M.S.P.H. – Loma Linda University
  • BA – Walla Walla College


Professional Memberships:

  • Adventist Society for Religious Studies
  • Adventist Theological Society
  • Biblical Research Institute 


Undergraduate Classes Dr. Samaan Teaches:

  • Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Adventist Heritage
  • World Religions


Graduate Classes Dr. Samaan Teaches:

  • Spirituality in Ministry



The Theology and Messianic Aspects of the Book of Zechariah, Doctoral Dissertation.
Portraits of the Messiah in Zechariah, 1989.
Christ's Way of Reaching People, 1990.
Blood Brothers, 1991.
Christ's Way to Spiritual Growth, 1995.
Christ's Way of Making Disciples, 1999.
Christ's Way to Pray, 2003.
Co-editor, The Word of God for the People of God, 2004.
Christ's Way to Restoration, 2009.

Christ's Way of Affirmation, 2011

Christ's Method Alone, 2012

The Other Son of Abraham, 2012

Dare to be a Daniel, 2014

Christ's Method Alone--with a Training Manual, 2014

The Mideast Messiah, 2014

Adult Sabbath School lesson quarterlies on the books of Zechariah and Daniel.

In addition, he has published numerous articles in denominational magazines and is a much-sought-after speaker at camp meetings, pastors' meetings, and church conventions in the United States and abroad.