Sam Fisher is a third year Master of Divinity student at The Iliff School of Theology.

Sam is a Nebraska native and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where he obtained his BA in Communication Studies. While attending Wesleyan, Sam was on staff with the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Youth Coordinator, preparing Nebraska programs to merge with Kansas East and Kansas West Annual Conferences to become the new Great Plains Annual Conference. Following graduation Sam became a Local Licensed Pastor and was appointed to Olive Crest UMC in Omaha, Nebraska where he worked on revitalization and worked closely with the community outreach daycare center. After two years in Omaha, Pastor Sam was recruited to become the Associate Pastor at Indianola First UMC in Indianola, Iowa. During Sam’s time at Indianola he was engaged in worship planning and teaching, oversaw youth ministries and with great laity guided mission and outreach ministries and pastoral and congregational care teams.

Sam loves to preach and is passionate about worship design. Since moving to Denver to attend Iliff full-time residentially, Sam has loved being part of the Iliff family. Sam has worked with the Leadership Development staff at the Mountain Sky Conference Center and worked as an Intern for a new church start called Be3 Methodist Dinner Church. Sam currently works as the Director of the Newport Street Retreat Center (a ministry of Park Hill UMC), is the Pastor of Discipleship for Christ United Methodist Church, Denver, the Student Coordinator for Advancement at Iliff, and now a Student Ambassador for the Iliff Admissions Team.

Being an Ambassador is a passion of Sam’s, as he loves to meet new people and to hear where they are on their journey of discernment. Sam became an Ambassador with the hope of sharing his transformative story while attending Iliff as a way of letting others know the true strength of Iliff’s unique academic perspective and creative approach to ministry and service to the community.

After graduation Sam plans to continue in ministry by returning to the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and seeking ordination as an Elder.

is second year Master of Divinity student at Iliff School of Theology, focusing on Social Justice and Ethics.

In his current professional role, Dennis is a career advisor at a community college in New York City. He works with a diverse immigrant population in providing them with employment assistance. In that work, he recognizes the need to fight for equity in our society because of the significant economic disparity Black people, People of Color, and Queer communities face in accessing essential resources for survival. In his work, he seeks to change the current culture that reduces oppressed groups to numbers, stripping them of their humanity.

At Iliff, Dennis plans to use his time for identity re/formation, consciousness-raising, and discernment for his vocation. He knows he comes with a sexist and colonized mindset and wants to re/shape that mindset through intentional reflection and rigorous learning. In the one year he has spent at Iliff, he has found that it has the space and resources for him to develop his identity.

As part of the ongoing learning process, Dennis will be doing his internship at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Aurora- he is looking forward to this opportunity.

As a student ambassador, Dennis plans to cultivate meaningful relationships that will help in his formation as a leader in his community. Community building is essential to social justice, which he knows can come through connections with many people at Iliff.


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