Sam Vijarro utilizes the God-given gifts and experiences he has been blessed with to lead cross-cultural praise and worship at Montage.
I was raised in the Puget Sound area of Western Washington, in and around Seattle. Even though there was always music playing in the Vijarro household, I didn't discover my own gifting and love for music until I was a teenager. Once I joined my high school choir, my career as a vocalist and songwriter began. After high school, I attended Green River Community College where I pursued and expanded my musical horizons, developing a love for music that wasn't sacred in nature.
Over the next few years, I began to see my need for the Lord. I had some really good Mormon friends who lovingly pursued me and, eventually, I became a Mormon myself. There I remained for several years until some good, Biblically-sound people in my life began to question my faith. I was open to this conversation, and there began an amazing new chapter in my journey. Eventually, I went back to college as an older student to broaden my musical depth. I attended Pacific Lutheran University, where I majored in Music Composition. Near the end of my time at PLU, I experienced a theological crisis in my life. This did not come to me suddenly, but after years of researching and soul searching. Finally, I left Mormonism in favor of the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was also at that time that I began to date Bonnie, the woman who would become my wife. We attended the church where she grew up and it was there where I first cut my teeth in Christian ministry. After we were married, Bonnie and I ministered to the youth at the church for five years. Those days were formative, for I learned a great deal about a life of service - something which prepared me for the subsequent years of serving in music ministry. In 2012, Pastor Ken Hutcherson brought me into the Worship Arts Ministry at Antioch Bible Church. There, I gained invaluable experience in the area of cross-cultural worship ministry which continues to guide me as I serve as the Director of Worship Arts here at Montage.
When I am not ministering in worship, I can be found on the racquetball court or in an antique store, book store, or thrift store looking for "treasures". I love movies, camping, karaoke, Spanish, reading, children/young people, and spending time with my wife, my good friends, and my relatives.