SAM Leadership

  • Debbie Saiz

    SAM Director

    Debbie Saiz is the National Singles Director of the UPCI. She also co-directs I Am Original a ministry for young women ages 18 to 30. She holds a B.A. Degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters degree from Twin-Cities University. Debbie is the Promotions Director for the SoCal UPCI Ladies Ministries. She has written and published Sunday School Attendance Boosters and Variety Ideas, a five volume set of handbooks for Youth Ministry. Debbie and her husband Steve pastor Bayside Apostolic Center in Torrance, California. They have two children, Vanessa and husband Sasha, Steve Jr. and wife Brittney, as well as Zegna, their Boxer and Chaquita, their Poodle.

    • Cheryl Carter

      SAM Team

      Cheryl Carter was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in the East Texas area. Life took a turn she did not expect when she remained single until marrying at the age of 45. During her time of singleness, a desire was born in her heart to help other single adults. As a result Cheryl became actively involved in Single Adult Ministry on the local church level. Currently, she serves as the Texas District Single Adult Ministry Director where her passion for singles is clear to all who meet her. Her heartbeat is for SAM to be a strong and viable ministry and for the lives of singles to be changed. Cheryl and her husband, Gary, reside in Lufkin, Texas where she works full time at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial hospital and her husband is on staff at Texas Bible College. When she is not spending time with family and friends, she might be found enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee or playing on the piano.

      • Mindy Brock

        Media Director

        Mindy is the Media Director at West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin, IL. For her day job, she is a freelance/contract marketer, web developer and designer. “Like I heard someone say at a music conference this year, I am “Apple-stolic“ through and through. I’m new to singles and SAM, and I am excited to be apart of this great movement.“ Mindy also enjoys traveling.

        • Cheri Grissom

          Educational Resources Coordinator

          Cheri Grissom is a missionary kid who seeks out adventure and serendipity in everyday life – especially if it involves shoes and/or chocolate. She is also a daydreamer, an eternal student, an occasional teacher, and a devoted bookworm. She has served in music/media/missions ministries at her church but currently she serves on the UPCI SAM Committee as the Educational Resources Coordinator and Editor of the “Flying Solo” blog. She also serves on the Texas District Singles Committee. When she is not pursuing her love of words and music she can be found teaching the most amazing students in the world at Texas Bible College where she serves as Dean of Christian Education and Instructor of Missions and Christian Education.