In the Fall of 2012, the Village Church celebrated the 10th anniversary of Pastor Sam Andreades’ ministry as pastor. In addition to a presentation of gifts to the Andreades family, we put together a little presentation of the “Top Ten Things we Learned from Sam.” Click play to see the video below.
Photos from the presentation of the video and gifts:
One of the gifts that Pastor Sam received was a book of photos and quotes of people who had received from the Andreades’ ministry over the years. Below are some of the quotes that were shared.
The Village Church has been the closest example of the early biblical church that I have ever seen…Sam has a wonderful heart (along with Mary K. and their children) for serving God and being a man of integrity…
You have inspired us to “step up” in our Christian lives and to be “doers of the Word”. You never shy away from the tough issues…Your leadership has stimulated us to mature in our Christian lives…
…Who else understands true revolution like you? Who else knows the true power of the Jesus of Greenwich Village? And who else has ever covered Imagine so perfectly?! You’re one of a kind, Sam Andreades, and the City is better because of you!
…Sam has taken us all on a wonderful faith-fueled journey through this life and our personal spiritual growth. Whether he talks us through mundane worries of leading Christian lives in the Big Apple, advising us on personal, professional, or financial goals, making us ask the hard questions and solidifying our paths of mercy, or guiding us through the milestones of life—birth, baptism, marriage, and loss—Sam has left an indelible imprint on so many lives, both within the church walls as well as in the city itself…
—Rusty & Rebecca Harding
Thank you Pastor Sam, for the time you took to discuss many different points of theology and the support you gave me in my endeavor to talk with local student about science and faith.
…In moments of discouragement…on more occasions than I can count, the Lord has brought to my mind something you’ve said to speak to that circumstance – phrases, illustrations, translations. I am sure I am not alone in the experience of walking through the doors of a TVC service troubled or anxious and walking out refreshed by the Holy Spirit and better equipped to follow and believe in Christ.
I want to thank you for your faithful service to The Village Church. God has definitely used your humble teaching to work in my life and reveal His truths to me. Dan and I respect you so much, and are so grateful to be under your shepherding and a part of the community we’ve found. Thank you for your faithfulness.
[Sam] is willing to go outside of what is comfortable in order to challenge people to know God (and community) more fully…thank you for reminding us that we can’t make it through life on own own. We appreciate your leadership, your care, and the way you always point us to the One who matters most.
…Thank you for your Christ-like example, your bold leadership, and your teaching, which always seems to bring the scriptures into a new and relevant light for us. We are honored to serve alongside you and look forward to whatever adventure God has in store for us in the future.
—Ken & Sarah Walker
Having lived in Greenwich Village for almost 40 years, I know what a difficult “mission field” it is. But the Village has not been without a Christian witness, and the Village Church is an important part of that witness. Were the Apostle Paul here today, he would say to Village Church what he said to the Churches of Galatia, “Don’t be weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not.”