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Sam Coleman

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

       One of my first memories was going to the top of a hill and gazing at the sunset with my father and little sister. I also spent a lot of time wandering the prairie, hunting with family, riding horses in the North Dakota badlands, and having many pets and animals on our hobby farm. From these experiences and many others I came to love beauty, animals, and the grandeur of the created world was pressed into my heart.
        Both my mother and grandmother loved painting and I picked up painting like a duck to water! My first painting was a watercolor of some dinosaurs at the age of seven and one of my mentors was a great art teacher by the name Marianne Crary! She made art so much fun and it became an integral part of my life as I began competing in 4-H, local art shows, and the Junior Federal Duck Stamp.
       During high school and the two years of college at Bismarck State College, I often wondered what direction my life would have and somehow knew that art and ministry were both passions that I had. But it was through my parent’s encouragement and also God opening the doors that I began training in classical realism at The Atelier in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through this art school, dedicated to the study of nature and developing skills in drawing, painting, composition, and color theory, my horizons were expanded from painting animals into portraiture, landscapes, and still life. 
       While attending The Atelier, I also went through seminary at Magdalen College and received my ordination as a licensed minister. After pursuing my education, I moved back to Bismarck where I pursued an art career full time but still felt like something was missing in my life. I started working with the Charity Lutheran youth and when a position opened up for Youth Director, I applied and received the position. I worked as a Youth Pastor for 9 years and transitioned to Associate Pastor in 2013. During that time I also married the love of my life Sarah, and now have three wonderful sons named Gabriel, Micah, and Caleb, and a sweet daughter named Cassia! These are the greatest blessings God has given me and as I continue to work as both an artist and minister, I continually see God's hand throughout my life in every area!