Sam is a native Hoosier, born and raised in southern Indiana–and still an enthusiastic follower of Indiana Hoosiers basketball. Nurtured in a loving Christian home, Sam became a follower of Christ at the age of six through the influence of his father.
Sam is a graduate of Indiana Baptist College (1982), Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1985) and Dallas Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2001). His doctoral work focused on preaching Old Testament narratives. He holds credentials in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
After graduating from seminary, Sam served in pastoral roles at Suburban Baptist Church of Indianapolis, IN, from 1984-1995.
He served at Calvary Baptist Seminary from 1995-2014, first as chaplain and professor of pastoral theology, then as president (2006-2014).
In 2014, Sam assumed leadership as chair of the Bible & Theology department at Lancaster Bible College/ Capital Seminary & Graduate School of Lancaster, PA. The department oversees the biblical/theological components of degree programs from undergraduate through the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.
Sam and his wife, Elaine (1982), keep an active ministry schedule in churches, camps, and conferences both in the US and abroad. Elaine is a music educator who currently keeps busy as a substitute teacher in area Christian schools. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren. The Harbins reside in Manheim, PA.