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Evergreen Baptist Church hired the seminarian as soon as he graduated. Brother Sam, as they would call him, had pastored part-time while in college; this was his first full-time appointment. His age exceeded what one would have expected, but he had laid out a year to make money for college; worked and preached to put himself through school; and interrupted seminary to serve as a US Army chaplain on convoy duty, in gliders briefly, then as a paratrooper, and mustered out as a major. He’d packed much experience into his twenty-nine years. He’d married during the war, so moving from Louisville, Kentucky meant bringing his wife and their pre-school son.

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