Councilwoman Attica Scott to honor the life and legacy of the late Rev. Joseph Ronald Sams this Sunday

October 30, 2014

Louisville – Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will join the congregation of the New Covenant Baptist Church for a very special tribute to honor the life and legacy of the Reverend Joseph Ronald Sams this Sunday, November 2nd

“Reverend Sams was a great spiritual leader, teacher, author, husband and father to his church and to this community,” says Scott. “It is fitting that his life be remembered as a road to a better life for the education and well-being of all. Anyone who travels on South 40th Street will be reminded of him and his legacy.”

On Thursday October 23rd, the Metro Council approved a resolution which allows the honorary renaming of a section of 40th Street between Hale and Sunset as “Rev. Joseph Ronald Sams Way”. Councilwoman Scott led the effort and covered the cost for the new signage.

Rev. Sams passed away on January 8, 2013.

He was called to pastor New Covenant Baptist Church in July 1990 and served there as pastor for 22 years.  Under his leadership, a new church was erected in September 2000.  Over subsequent years, surrounding properties and a 24-passenger church bus were also acquired.

For 29 years, he was a member of the faculty of Simmons College of Kentucky during the presidency of the late Dr. W. J. Hodge in which he served as Instructor, Special Assistant to President, Chair of the Academic committee on revising Old Testament curriculum, and Special Project Coordinator.

Rev. Sams led the administrative team of Simmons to attain Pre-accreditation status with accreditation to be attained in 2014.  His efforts also made it possible for Simmons to become eligible to offer federal financial aid to eligible students.

“He was a great man and a great spiritual leader who helped make our community a better place,” says Scott. “I look forward to joining his family and friends this Sunday.”

Scott will unveil the new sign at 1:00pm at the New Covenant Baptist Church located at 1190 South 40th Street.