Sam has cared for the needs of the dying in palliative care for over 17 years. During that time, he has served as the Chair and Co-Chair of Hospice Ethics Committees in Indiana and Ohio. He has served several years as a State Continuing Education Chairperson for the Association of Professional Chaplains in Indiana.
For well over a decade, Sam has been an active editorial review board member and contributing writer for Healing Ministry Journal, The Journal of Terminal Oncology, and The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care.
He began his speaking about spiritual care over 15 years ago and continues to speak at public engagements on the local, national, and international levels. He has spoken at several college campuses and keynoted at several Hospice Conferences.
His first book of five, What the Dying Teach Us: Lessons on Living, is a Doubleday Book Club, One Spirit, and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization selection. Sam's undergraduate study was at Georgetown College with a B.A. in Psychology. He received his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with an emphasis in the Pastor/Teacher track. In 2003, Sam Oliver finished his post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Ethics through Rush University in Chicago, IL.
Presently, Rev. Sam Oliver is the Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor at a local Hospice Care Center, and he continues to write and speak on spiritual care issues related to death and dying, motivational, and inspirational topics of interest.