Contemporary Worship Leader
Minister to Students
Sly Samudre operates in multiple mediums as a musician,
writer, teacher, and ping- pong enthusiast.
He also desires to see God glorified through faithful ministry and the
arts. At the age of sixteen, he became
involved with a youth ministry in Woodbridge, Virginia and committed his life
to walking as a follower of Jesus Christ. Sly then attended George Mason University
where he majored in Creative Writing.
During this time, he also pursued a recording career in New York as the
front man for an Indie/Emo band. This
was a formative experience, but Sly got tired of living off happy meals, so he
returned to Northern Virginia to finish school and work as a Student Ministry
Assistant, which proved more rewarding.
After college, Sly wrote a novel that never got
published. In order to pay the bills, he
became involved in Social Work and worked as a Life Skills Coach for Brain
Injury Survivors. He also volunteered in
local ministries, went on mission trips, and perfected a spicy chili recipe to
serve the homeless people who lived in the woods by his apartment. It was during this time that Sly recognized
the irreplaceable value of investing in people and sharing the love of Christ.
Completely on fire for God, and supremely oblivious to the
cumulative failure of his creative endeavors, Sly formed a worship band to play
youth events in and around the Mid-Atlantic region. This eventually led him to lead a retreat at
First Baptist Springfield. He loved it
so much he never left!
Sly now works full time as the Contemporary Worship Leader
and Student Pastor at FBC Springfield.
His wife, Amy, sings with him in the Worship Band and works as a School
Counselor for Fairfax County. Sly still
writes novels and sings his heart out, but all for the glory of God. He currently makes music with two different
bands—a faith-based Rock project called Beggars
Made Believers and an Electro-Pop outfit named Cartesian Theater. When he’s
not creating stories or sounds, Sly loves mentoring young people, cheering on
DC sports teams, spending time with Amy, and of course, ping-pong.