Rev. Sammy C. Vaughan, was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Franklin,
Virginia at an early age. He was baptized at the age of nine years old, at the
First Baptist Church, Franklin, VA. He attended both Elementary and High School
in that city. He graduated from Hayden High School in June of 1948. He then
volunteered for the U.S. Navy, where he remained for a period of twenty-two
(22) years, retiring in August 1969 as a Chief Aviation Storekeeper. He served his
country during the Korean and Vietnam War. Rev. Vaughan is the recipient of four
good conduct medals.

Rev. Vaughan, graduated from Providence College in 1976, where he received a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospital Administration. Rev. Vaughan graduated
from Gordon -Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Master's Degree
in Religious Education in May of 1990. Rev. Vaughan Graduated from
Andersonville Theological Seminary in April of 1997 where he earned the Degree
of Doctor of Religious Education.

Dr. Sammy Vaughan is the Senior Pastor of Saint James Baptist Church,
Woonsocket, RI, where he has served since 1989. He was licensed to preach the
gospel on April 24, 1983, and ordained as a Minister of the gospel on January 31,

Dr. Vaughan is the retired Corporate Director of Community Relations/EEO of
The Lifespan Health Care System, Providence Rhode Island. He was employed at
Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Health Care Systems for over 35 years prior
to retirement.

He is Past President of the United Baptist Convention, MA, RI, and NH, Member of
Board of Directors, Human Development Center of Greater Woonsocket, Member
of the Corporation of Women and Infants Hospital, President of the Minister's
Alliance of Rhode Island, and Chaplain, Woonsocket Police Department

Dr. Vaughan has received numerous awards.

Fraternal Activities:
Dr. Vaughan is a Past Grand Master, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of
Rhode Island. He is Grand Prior, Council of Deliberation, He is a Thirty-Third
degree Prince Hall Mason, Member of the United Supreme Council, Northern

He was married to the late Gwendolyn E. Maynard of Providence for over 63
years. They have three sons and one daughter, six grandchildren and five