Rev. Samuel Pullen was born in Minnesota and grew up in Iowa. Samuel has been responding to the call of solidarity with the poor and oppressed since high school. At the Evergreen State College in Washington, Samuel conducted pesticide education sessions with farmworkers and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Environmental Justice. For the next ten years, Samuel worked as a labor and community organizer with UNITE HERE, the Hotel and Restaurant workers union.
In 2008, Samuel felt called to join an intentional Christian community called the Center for the Working Poor where he coordinated a food delivery program and led non-violent campaigns for immigrant rights and access to health care for all. While engaged in bilingual worship at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, God began preparing Samuel’s heart for Christian ministry. In 2010, Samuel responded to the call to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Claremont School of Theology. Samuel completed his field education at the First Congregational Church in Pasadena, where he helped to launch a new ministry and worship service called “(a)Spire.” Samuel served as the ministry assistant at Woodland Hills Community Church from 2012-2013 where he coordinated spiritual formation, community outreach, and taught music at the Nursery School. Samuel was ordained by the United Church of Christ on August 24, 2013, to serve as a “Minister of Health Justice” with LA Voice, where he built teams that helped over 850 people obtain affordable health care.
Rev. Pullen is currently working as a guest preacher and seeking a call as a church pastor. Samuel is fluent in Spanish and plays violin with mariachi groups, where he is commonly known as “El Mariachi Gringo.” One of the greatest blessings in Samuel’s life is being married to Elizabeth González, who works as a bilingual educator in public schools and as a private language coach. They now live together in Culver City, CA, where they enjoy preparing healthy meals, dancing, exploring nature, and spending quality time with family and friends.