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Anand Samuel

Senior Pastor

Anand came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in the Middle East during his teenage years. He and his wife Priya moved to the UAE in 2002 where they had their three boys, Rohan, Aryan and Daven.

Anand completed his Pastoral Internship at the United Christian Church of Dubai in 2010 and was then called to serve as an elder. He later served on staff as an Associate Pastor where he oversaw their Discipleship Initiatives and Pastoral Internship Program. In 2013, UCCD sent Anand out to plant and pastor Grace Evangelical Church Sharjah. Anand received his MA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, FL.
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Samson Thomas

Associate Pastor

Samson was raised in a Christian home and came to a true saving faith while he was in his teens. He moved to the UAE for an internship at the United Christian Church of Dubai in 2013. There his foundations of Christian life and ministry philosophy were shaped and refined.

After his internship, he desired to continue serving in a church where he could be further trained, so Samson came to Grace Evangelical Church Sharjah in August 2014. In May 2015, he became a Pastoral Assistant and was later voted to serve as Assistant Pastor in 2018. He is married to Pushpa and has been blessed with three children Judith, Zoey, and Jeremy.
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Will Drake

Associate Pastor

Will was raised in a Christian home and trusted in the gospel at the age of seven when his Dad explained Jesus' parable of the broad and narrow path. Many years later, Will met his beautiful wife Maria while they both served in a ministry for students at The University of Alabama.

In 2011, Will and Maria moved to Louisville, KY to pursue a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary. One degree and three children later (Emeth, Eliana, and Aliza), God opened the door for Will to join staff at Grace Evangelical Church Sharjah in January 2018.