Rev. Sampier grew up in a Pentecostal Holiness Church in Clayton, New Mexico. He was one of the first students to enroll in Southwestern Bible College and was a member of the first graduating class. While in school, he met and married Ruth Sexton of Tarboro, North Carolina, in 1948.
As a young man, Sampier pastored the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Yukon, Oklahoma, for over six years and served at the First Church in Oklahoma City for ten years. During his tenure, both congregations experienced growth and erected new buildings.
Sampier also served the Department of Evangelism as a general evangelist, preaching at camp meetings and encouraging smaller conferences. In 1968 he was nominated by the General Executive Board as superintendent of the Colorado Conference, a position he held for 10 years. Sampier again served as conference superintendent from 1987-1994. While in Colorado, Rev. Sampier pastored several churches including Cherry Hills Church and Northglenn Church. The International Pentecostal Holiness Church is very thankful for Rev. Sampier’s life of dedication and service.
Pastor Clifford is survived by his loving family: sons, Pastor Gregory H. Sampier, and Grant (Lannette) Sampier; grandchildren, Stephen (Nina) Sampier, Nicole Sampier, Lindsey (Justin) Baker, Stephanie (Adam) Zaleski; great grandchildren, Cade, Brooke, Kate, Kinsley and baby Levi on the way, also several nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law, Cynthia Sampier whom he dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Sampier; parents, Francis and Mary Sampier; sisters Clarece and Cleta; and by daughter-in-law, Karen Sampier who was more like his own daughter.
Services for Rev. Sampier will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. and are under the direction of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Cemetery and Arboretum.
[Editor's Comment: I was privileged to meet Clifford Sampier when I became the third president of Southwestern College. The first two presidents were Dr. R. O. Corvin and Dr. W. R. Corvin. I found Clifford to be kind, cordial, genuine, and gracious.
I have been given permission from Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham to reprint articles that appear on our IPHC website, www.iphc.org. That's a good place to go to get the news. It was Hugh Hoyle who notified me of the death of Clifford Sampier. Hugh Hoyle is one of the most reliable and responsible reporters I know. May God bless Hugh and Lady Lois.]