School of Religion
Dr. Samaan has been with the School of Religion since 1998. 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 Religion Department and the Theological
Seminary at Andrews University. While at the Theological Seminary he served also as
director of the North American Division Youth Resource Center, and the Center for
Continuing Education for Ministry. He also directed the Seminary’s MA in Pastoral
Ministry and the Doctor of Ministry programs.
Earlier, Elder Samaan served as director 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 in North America. He also pastored and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1979.
His aim is to build up his students’ faith in God, in the Scriptures and the Advent message and mission. His passion is to help his students emulate Christ’s life and ministry in all that they do.
Education and Degrees
M.S.P.H.-Loma Linda University
BA-Walla Walla College
The Theology and Messianic aspects of the book of Zechariah.
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 to Making Disciples, 1999
Christ’s Way to Pray, 2003
Author of numerous articles in Ministry, Adventist Review, Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly, and other denominational publications.
Frequent speaker at pastoral, educational, and lay conventions.