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About Sylvania United Church of Christ

Sam Buehrer

Samuel Buehrer

Sam has been our senior pastor since January 2013. Sam has deep roots in northwest Ohio. His parents still live in his hometown of Archbold, Ohio. Sam graduated from Archbold High School. He received his B.S. from Heidelberg and his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Sam was first called to be the pastor of Spencerville UCC in Spencerville, Ohio. After serving there for five years he accepted a call to First UCC in Galion, Ohio, where he served for almost 20 years. During that time he provided leadership in a wealth of activities including creative program development for adults and youth, major renovations and the creation of an associate pastor position.

Sam is very active in the Northwest Ohio UCC Association (as moderator and credentialing team chair, among many other positions). He has worked with the Boy Scouts and participated in Kiwanis, the Community Choir, the Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission and the Crawford County Trauma Response Team. Sam has been a soccer referee and coach. He enjoys camping, canoeing, backpacking, reading and singing. Sam and his wife, Ellen, have two adult sons.

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