Reverend Samuel Perry was born in Columbia, South Carolina on August 22nd. He is the son of the late Eartha Lee Perry and Dupree Hopkins. He was reared in Eastover, South Carolina. He was united in marriage to Paula Dargan (his dream girl) in 1991 and is the father of three children, Sean, Samantha, and Amanda Perry. The Perry’s are now active at the Daniel Circle Chapel on Fort Jackson military base in Columbia, South Carolina where Rev. Samuel Perry also serves as the Minister of Music.
Samuel was educated in the Richland County public schools, graduating from Lower Richland High and continued his education at Midlands Technical College. He was licensed in the ministry in 1998 and was ordained in September 2010 in the Ecumenical Church. He started playing piano his freshman year of high school and immediately started serving at St. Matthews Baptist Church in Eastover where he continued playing throughout high school. Under the tutelage of his “Father in the Ministry”, Rev. Willie Stallworth, Samuel served as “Minister of Music” at Bush River Baptist - Newberry, SC for 3 years; Bethlehem Baptist – Chester, SC (1 year); Unity Baptist - Chester, SC (3years), and Rockhill Baptist – Luggoff, SC (2 years). As a seasoned minister, Samuel served as “Minister of Music” at Oakgrove Baptist Church (8 years) in Pontiac, Greater St. Paul AME (3 years) in West Columbia, Greater Saint Luke Baptist in Columbia (3 years), and now Daniel Circle Chapel for the past 10 years. Thus, Rev. Samuel Perry has been serving as “Minister of Music” for approximately 30 years. He has been self-employed for approximately 19 years and own, Sam’s Home Repair and Custom Cabinetry. He is a carpenter, builder, home renovator, and provides expert ground maintenance including sprinkler systems. He is also a solid gardener and fisherman.
Samuel although growing up in the foster care system from age six to eighteen, due to a series of what appeared in the natural as unfortunate events, drew close to the Lord at a very early age. He confesses that the only way he lived through a life in the State System was by clinging to God. He was not privileged to be reared by his earthly parents but had his heavenly father. He openly confessed his salvation at age 12 while at St. Phillips AME Church in Eastover, South Carolina. He was later baptized at age 19 at Bush River Baptist Church in Chester, South Carolina by his mentor, Rev. Willie Stallworth. He has served as a deacon at Rockhill Baptist Church in Lugoff, South Carolina. He has served, as detailed above, as a musician/Minister of Music for approximately 30 years. He has received numerous honors for his dedicated service in the music ministry. In 2005, he started the first prayer group (Citylight #1 Prayer Group) for Citylight Ministries, which has grown to over 2000 prayer groups across the world. There are now prayer teams in Sri Lanka, the Ukraine, East Africa, Israel, India and of course the United States. All fruit from one small seed planted. He and his wife hold a weekly Bible Study in their home and they also provide Biblical counseling (primarily marriage counseling).
Samuel knows that a part from Christ there is no way he could have rebound from a childhood such as his (Jeremiah 29:11:” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”) Samuel’s favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 15:57-58: “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”