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Sly Samudre

Contemporary Worship Leader

Minister to Students


Sly's Testimony


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.    







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