Sam Bodder was born and raised in Freemansburg, PA. Sam graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. Upon graduation, he received a commission as Ensign United States Naval Reserve and was licensed by the United States Coast Guard as an Engineering Officer. Sam sailed for five years to the Far East on the United States Line Ships. Upon leaving the Sea, he was employed by Ingersoll Rand Company in Phillipsburg, NJ for 35 years as Superintendent of the Powerhouse and the Plant’s Environmental Coordinator. Sam was married to Jeanne, his first wife for 47 years. She died in January 2004 after being in a nursing home because of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sam met his current wife, Ann, at St. Mark’s UCC Church in Easton. They married in 2005. In 2007, they began to attend Bethel Memorial Baptist Church and in 2008 they became members of Bethel. Ann passed away in June 2021.
Along with his wife, Sam has been a coordinator of the JOY Club starting in 2013 until July 2023. Together they both also helped with AWANA Club. Sam served as a Deacon for one term (prior to Elder designation) and now Sam serves as Deacon.