Sam Williams grew up in Chesterfield County and Powhatan County, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University in 2009 after double majoring in International Affairs and Spanish with a dual focus on Latin America and the Middle East. After college, Sam worked in community development by serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in Philadelphia, PA. Sam then moved to Boston where he received a Master of Divinity in 2013 from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

After working for three years as a youth director in New Jersey, Sam moved back to his home state of Virginia. He currently serves as the Pastoral Assistant at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach. Sam has been actively researching his family since 2014, but has had an interest in his family's story since he was a child. You can learn more about his story of getting interested in genealogy by reading "My Genealogy Journey" or by watching his interview on Faces of NextGen Live.

When Sam isn't with friends and family, or doing genealogical research, you can find him enjoying a good cup of coffee or geeking out about linguistics or history.

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