Faculty Profile

Rev. Dr. Samuel White, III

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Samuel White, III is the proud son of the late Samuel and Anna White of Rochester New York. He was baptized and called into ministry at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Later he was ordained by Dr. Samuel Bulloch of Bethany Baptist Church of Detroit Michigan.


Dr. White graduated with honors from Brockport State College. He received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University.


Dr. White was employed as a Hospice Chaplain for Henry Ford for sixteen years. He rendered spiritual care to the terminally ill and grief support to caregivers and their family. Presently, he is adjunct professor at the Ecumenical Theological School where he instructs seminarians on practical theology courses.


Dr. White pastored United Methodist Churches from 1984 to 1995. In 1996, Dr. White became the senior pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church of Detroit Michigan.


Dr. White served as the President of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention and became the recipient of several civic and religious awards. He was awarded the Rev. Charles Hill Award, Preacher of the Year, and The President’s Leadership Award from the National Progressive Baptist Convention. 


Dr. White is the author of numerous articles and has  published: No More Tears: Comfort for the Grieving, Dying in Peace: Preparing for Eternity, It is Well with My Soul: Spiritual Care for the Dying , Caring For Your Soul: Improving Your Life, Healing Your Soul: Christian Self-Care, Hope For the Soul: Words of Encouragement, Sex and the Soul: Overcoming Temptation, The Forgiving Soul: How to Forgive Yourself, Others and Life, Healing During the Holidays: God Heals the Bereaved, Aging Gracefully: Spiritual Care for Aging Adults, The Capitalist Christian Contradiction: God Against Greed, My Brothers Keeper: Church Ministry for Young African American Males and Loving the Soul: How to Love. All of Dr. Whites books are available online.


Dr. White has been happily married to the former Sandra Wilson since 1995. They reside in Detroit Michigan with their two children Alexandria, Samuel IV, and Socrates the cat.











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