Facilitator, Stroke Support Group
As long as he can remember, Sam Scriven has valued hearing the voice of others. Although initially pursuing a Mathematics degree with an intention to teach, it was in his senior year of college that it became clear to him that God had other plans for his future. He rerouted his life to serving the vulnerable and poor. For nearly 10 years, throughout college and seminary, Sam served the poor, the homeless, gangs, and drug addicts in Spokane, WA and Hollywood, CA. In his last semester at Fuller Theological Seminary, he participated in a hospital chaplaincy internship called Clinical Pastoral Education. His first steps in the hospital confirmed his call to hospital ministries and it was clear that his gifts and talents would be suited to this environment. Over the next 8 years, Sam served as a Senior Chaplain at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. It was there that he facilitated his first Stroke Support Group. “I was eager to invest my energy into this group,” he explains. “While in seminary, my grandfather, Burton, died suddenly due to a hemorrhagic stroke. Since that time, I have wanted to gain insight for myself, for my grandmother, and for others. Facilitating the Stroke Support Group became a place where stories were heard and healing occurred. I have always loved hearing the voices of others, but now I understand the value and the healing power of hearing the ‘story.’” Now as the Manager of Spiritual Care at Providence Saint John’s Health Center Sam is eager to see the healing that will take place.