Sam was born in 1932 in Belfast, at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He lived his early life in a small, terraced home with his grandparents in East Belfast. His first job as a teenager was delivering newspapers and medicines. He said he then spent his life delivering the good news and the healing message of Jesus. Sam came to faith when he was fifteen. Someone invited him to a Salvation Army meeting: Sam went, but the friend did not, so Sam sat on the end of the row planning his escape, but he stayed. When the appeal was made to accept Jesus, he found himself responding, prompted by the power of the Spirit.