Sam Cathey was born in Camden, Arkansas, on August 30, 1934.  He
received his education in the public schools of Camden, Ouachita
Baptist University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (extension)
and Immanuel Baptist Seminary.  He is married to Lucille Lawson
Cathey, of Hazard, Kentucky, and they have three daughters.

He served as a pastor for ten years in the state of Michigan, serving the
North Prospect Baptist Church and Middlebelt Baptist Church.  He also
served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Bearden, Arkansas.  All of
these churches experienced steady, solid growth during the years he
served them as pastor.

While a pastor in Michigan, he had the privilege of serving in almost
every denominational capacity, and saw over 200 churches come into
existence.  Nine of these churches he directly started or co-sponsored,
and helped to organize over 100 of the others.  His churches consistently
led the Convention of Michigan in baptisms and overall growth.

He was converted at the age of ten, called to preach at the age of
sixteen, and has preached across the nation in Revivals, Bible
Conferences, and Evangelistic Meetings.  He is in demand for speaking
engagements and speaks frequently to different State Conferences,
Evangelistic Meetings, etc.  He is president of Morningside Ministries,
and past-president of the National Conference of Southern Baptist
Evangelists.

He has authored five books and has written for several periodicals.  
From 1989 to 1996, he served as Pastor of Graceway Baptist Church in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He re-entered the field of full-time,
itinerant ministry in July of 1996.