Dr. Sam Totman

Dr. Sam Totman

Director of External Relations for the College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School

Professor of Christian Education, Youth Ministry, and Media Ministry (Adjunct)

Office: Sullivan 100

Email: Stotman

Address: 316 Boulevard #1082, Anderson, SC 29621



Dr. Sam Totman offers more than 10 years of impactful ministry experience combined with a Doctor of Education (2018), a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005), and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University (1997). His doctoral research was on the Preparedness and Self-Efficacy Perspectives of Youth Ministers Regarding Technology Integration into Ministry. He also speaks at various conferences, such as The Conclave Conference Southeast, the Call Conference, Ministry University, and the National Conference on Preaching. Sam still enjoys filling in for youth pastors and speaking at youth events and special occasions.

Prior to joining the Clamp Divinity School of Christian Ministry and the Christian Studies faculty at Anderson University, Dr. Totman served as a Centrifuge leader (Union University and North Greenville University), Pastor of Students and Education at Flat Springs Baptist Church (NC), Ministry Associate at Fellowship Community Church (SC), and as the Youth Pastor at East Pickens Baptist Church (SC). He grew up in a family-owned sign company, developing skills in design and marketing. After graduating from Southeastern, he started a successful internet business, which allowed him to serve as a minister at a local church plant. Since 2011, Sam has served as the Director of External Relations for the College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School.

Dr. Totman is also a professor here at Clamp Divinity School. He has led the way in establishing a Media Ministry concentration within the Divinity School to equip ministry leaders to engage people and transform lives through properly integrating technology in ministry. Additionally, he is strengthening the Christian Education program to help the next generation of ministry leaders become better teachers and preachers. Dr. Totman's unique teaching style uses gamification techniques to address the diverse needs of his students, encourage engagement, increase retention, and make learning complex subjects an enjoyable experience. His latest research interest has been the practical and ethical integration of AI technology in the classroom.

Sam is married to Amanda, who is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master of Library and Information Science, North Greenville University with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and is also on track to achieve her National Board certification this year. She is the media specialist at Honea Path Middle School. They have three children: Naomi, Lael, and Miles.

Why I teach at AU

From an early age, God planted a seed in me that I was going to be a teacher. As a youth pastor, I was able to pour into the lives of students and teach them as God had taught me through the youth ministers that impacted my life. My heart’s passion is to dive into the word of God and discover that life transforming truth so applicable to our lives today. I look forward to equipping future generations of pastors who will carry on with the work of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.