Years ago I was introduced to Edgewood Church and I started by getting plugged in wherever I could. Before too long, though, I found a niche doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work of the church. I am the middle child of my birth family, and I’ve been claimed by lots of other families along the way. Growing up this way has meant that I lean toward flying under the radar to help get things accomplished. I prefer one-on-one conversations to being in front of an audience.
The way I grew up also challenged me to engage the places that I struggle with pain in my own life. Unfortunate and unhealthy family stuff taught me bad lessons, and I’m still unlearning them today. With a lot of care and grace I am working with God through my stuff and now I am leaning into a call to engage others in their messes, too.
At Edgewood Church all of these factors contribute to my role as Minister of Community Engagement. I hope to help dot I’s and cross T’s for weekly worship, but more than that I want to be in touch with our people, loving on them, listening to them, and learning with them what it means to follow after God. My sense of call outside of Edgewood Church has led me to a wonderful opportunity as a chaplain resident at Grady Hospital. That opportunity will begin this fall, and it will be a chance to fulfill my call toward full-time chaplaincy.
While I was in school I (like a lot of people) developed a passion for good coffee. Unlike a lot of people, I was given a great opportunity to be a manager for local coffee shop. This position has paid the bills since I graduated and I’ll keep up this job until I start as a chaplain at Grady.
During school and work I have added significant stories to my own. My fiancée, Claire, and I started dating while we were in school, and she and I are excited about the next steps in our journey as we get married this fall. I adopted my dog, Jonah, while I was in seminary, and she adopted her own dog, Winston. Together they keep our hands very full.
I love cooking, especially for Claire, and when I’m not in the kitchen she and I love exploring new restaurants together. I get my daily zen in while I am running, and occasionally I’ll pick big goals like a marathon to keep me motivated. Most recently, I’ve started growing my own vegetables in a garden in my front yard. Join me for a bite to eat sometime and I’d love to tell you more.
I am Sam Chinn.
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