Sam Gourdine

Birth date and place: April 1954, in Pineville.

Residence: Moncks Corner.

Occupation: Pastor, Abiding Word Family Ministries.

Family: Wife, Annette; daughter, Jessica; sons, Jason and Nicholas.

Education: Bachelor's in criminal justice from Jersey City State University; master's in vocational counseling from S.C. State University.

Job Description: Building people of impact, excellence, and integrity.

Most fulfilling aspect of my job: Seeing the evidence and results of a new convert as they learn how to walk by faith.

If I Could Change One Thing About The World Today: Eliminate prejudice.

Accomplishment of Which I am Most Proud: Founding and pastoring Abiding Word Family Ministries.

The Best Advice I Have Been Given: "Love the people, teach the people and lead by example," Bishop I.V. Hilliard.

Favorite place to fish: The deep sea.

What I do in my spare time: I don't have much of it.

Fantasy dinner guests: The Obamas.

Dream vacation: Honolulu.

When I was younger I wanted to be: An FBI agent.

Something important life has taught me: Most things we worry about never happen, so why worry?