Sam Cathey was born in Camden, Arkansas,
on August 30, 1934. He received his education in the public
schools of Camden, Ouachita Baptist University, Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary (extension) and Immanuel Baptist
Seminary. He is married to Lucille Lawson Cathey, of Hazard,
Kentucky, and they have three daughters.
He served as a pastor for ten years in
the state of Michigan, serving the North Prospect Baptist
Church and Middlebelt Baptist Church. He also served as
Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Bearden, Arkansas. All
of these churches experienced steady, solid growth during
the years he served them as pastor.
While a pastor in Michigan, he had the
privilege of serving in almost every denominational capacity,
and saw over 200 churches come into existence. Nine of these
churches he directly started or co-sponsored, and helped
to organize over 100 of the others. His churches consistently
led the Convention of Michigan in baptisms and overall growth.
He was converted at the age of ten, called
to preach at the age of sixteen, and has preached across
the nation in Revivals, Bible Conferences, and Evangelistic
Meetings. He is in demand for speaking engagements and speaks
frequently to different State Conferences, Evangelistic
Meetings, etc. He is president of Morningside Ministries,
and past-president of the National Conference of Southern
He has authored five books and has written
for several periodicals. From 1989 to 1996, he served as
Pastor of Graceway Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He re-entered the field of full-time, itinerant ministry
in July of 1996.