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Spiritual Life

Sam Leonor

Pastor Sam Leonor was raised in Central America where his parents were part of developing health care missions. Among others, he attended Southern College in TN, where he earned a secondary education degree. He worked as a youth pastor in Asheville, NC before attending Andrews University where he earned a Master of Divinity.

He is married to Shelley. He has a daughter, Alexandra (born in 2000) and a son, Micah (born in 2003).

Sam has a passion for making church life meaningful. He wants to see people attach themselves to communities of faith that are healthy, growing and full of love. He believes that, like the Apostle Paul, people can experience dramatic personal change when they come in contact with the Gospel. This happens when Jesus the Christ and His teachings are lived out through the body of Christ. He is devoted to the Adventist church and to exploring contemporary Biblical spirituality. He enjoys ministry that focuses on faith that engages culture deeply and emphasizes justice.

Contact Us

Spiritual Life Office

La Sierra University

4500 Riverside Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515




951.785.2199 fax



Office Location:

La Sierra Hall #206


Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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