Heritage Ministries chaplain receives award

HAMPTON, Va. – Recently, the Free Methodist Church of North America awarded Heritage Ministries Chaplain Sam Shreffler the Honored Chaplain Service Medallion. Over the past 33 years, it has been awarded to 14 chaplains.

Chaplain Sam received the medallion in appreciation for “38 years of faithful and fruitful service to [his] denomination, [his] conferences, [his] local churches, and the Heritage Ministries”

Chaplain Sam’s service started when he joined the USAFSS and served from 1970 to 1974. During this time, he married and started his family; he has three children. While attending Roberts Wesleyan College, Chaplain Sam worked as an organic chemist for Eastman Kodak. In 1976, Chaplain Sam graduated with two majors, Chemistry and Religion/Philosophy. Later, he joined the Susquehanna Conference and served as a pastor at Vestal Free Methodist Church (FMC) from 1976 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990, he served the Youngsville FMC. From 1990 to 1999, Chaplain Sam worked and help to start a new FMC called “Good News FMC,” located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. In August 1999, Chaplain Sam was officially endorsed as a Free Methodist Chaplain and became the lead chaplain for Heritage Ministries.

In addition to his titles over the years, Chaplain Sam has served on numerous councils, boards, and committees. For the past 13 years, he has served Chautauqua County Hospice as a board member, 5 years as a vice-chairman and 8 years as board chair. Additionally, Chaplain Sam served for eight years on the executive committee of the Free Methodist Chaplains Association, including four years as secretary and two years as president.

Chaplain Sam is a model of the Heritage Ministries mission, “To serve others through Christ-centered ministries which promote Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living.” Heritage Ministries is proud of Chaplain Sam’s accomplishments and is proud to have him as part of its team.