A native of North Carolina, Samuel (Sam) Parsons was born and raised in a Christian home. Sam is the youngest of four children born to Squire and Linda Parsons. Sam’s father, Squire Parsons, is one of the most prolific singer songwriters in Southern Gospel Music. Sam was in church on a regular basis and also traveled on the road with his father his entire childhood and through his teenage years. This experience nurtured Sam’s love and talent for Gospel music.
At age 14, Sam gave his life to the Lord. However, a few short years later at age 17, he began to run with the wrong crowd. In spite of the pleas of his parents and pastor, Sam continued in a lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and partying. Sam had many brushes with the law and was in and out of jail several times. This life of sin and destruction would eventually lead to a prison sentence for selling drugs.
Sam’s parents and pastor never gave up on him and they continued to pray for him. The Lord never gave up on Sam either and like the prodigal son in Luke 15:11, Sam came to the end of himself. He finally realized that only Jesus could fill the void his heart. Sam rededicated his life to the Lord and it was then he found the joy and peace that he needed.
When Sam was released from prison, he joined a Contemporary Group and also worked in construction. In 2003, Squire asked Sam to join him on the road singing and ministering. Watching his father follow the leading of the Lord in services, Sam was thrilled to enter this new chapter of his life. The Lord’s hand was on Sam and through the ministry of his father, he was honored to be called to appear on “ln Touch” with Dr. Charles Stanley, and Thomas Road Baptist Church with the late Jerry Fallwell. Sam and his father have appeared on many of the Gaither Homecoming videos, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., the main stage of The National Quartet Convention at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN., Jubilee Conferences with Jake Carswell, Singing at The Sea Cruises and many churches across America.
In 2011, Sam met the love of his life Leah Rouse through a mutual friend, Misty Freeman Calloway. Leah grew up singing Gospel music with her parents Billy Joe and Rhonda Rouse and her sisters Laura and Joy. The Rouse’s traveled and sang in many churches in the South including Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Word of Faith in New Orleans and they appeared at the National Quartet Convention. Additionally, they sang on Richard Roberts Television show, Unfolding Majesty with Dean and Mary Brown on TBN and on Joni Lamb’s program on Daystar.
Sam and Leah married in October 2012. Leah immediately began singing and traveling with Squire and Sam. On May 2151, 2014, little Samuel Israel Parsons, otherwise known as “Gummybear” made his debut. Leah came off the road after the baby was born to be a full time Mother this past year.
In the past few months God has been speaking to Sam about going out and giving his testimony. This
was something that he did occasionally when traveling with his father but he was reluctant to give all
the details. The enemy sought to bring shame but Romans 8:1 states ….. “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” . Sam has seen firsthand how God can mend broken lives and put the pieces back together.
Because Squire is changing the scope of his ministry, a window of opportunity was opened for Sam and Leah to launch their ministry together. Sam traveled with his Dad for over 12 years and considers it such an honor to have learned from the best. Sam and Leah are excited about the doors that God is opening and they look forward to sharing and ministering in song and giving the testimony of God’s love and forgiveness.