Members of Perfect Ashlar Lodge including Flemming Lewis, far left, give tribute to Pastor Sampson, center, for his years of service.
On Sunday, July 8, Pastor Carlyle O. Sampson was honored for his 25 years of service to the Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The service included tributes by his fellow pastor from the Lutheran Churches on St. Thomas including the Reverend Dr. Harvard Stephens, Jr, pastors from local churches here on St. John and Father Neil Scantlebury, Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church on St. Thomas, representatives from the Masonic Lodge, and other church members and friends.
Pastor Sampson is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a graduate of the United Theological College of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Ordained on August 24, 1969, Pastor Sampson began his first call on September 1, 1969, at the Bethany/Emmaus Moravian Churches on St. John. He was next called to serve at the Nisky/New Herrnhut Moravian Churches on St. Thomas and as Superintendent of the Virgin Islands Conference.
Pastor Sampson attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for a Lutheran Emphasis Year, and was installed at Nazareth on June 7, 1987.
Over the years he has served at local, synod, and national levels in the ELCA on various boards and committees. He continues to sing in the New Herrnhut Men’s Chorale which performed at the service as well as singing recently for the memorial service for Guy Benjamin on June 19.