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Rev. Ayla Samson A Brief Biographical Statement

Rev. Ayla Samson is a lifelong Christian and a United Methodist Clergy. For the past five years, Rev. Ayla Samson has served as Pastor of Generation To Generation United Methodist Church in Chicago. Rev. Samson has previously served as a Student Pastor at Tinley Park United Methodist Church for four years.

During this coming Session of Annual Conference, Rev. Ayla Samson will be commissioned as a Provisional Elder.

Rev. Ayla Samson, received her B.A. degree from University of Punjab (Pakistan), her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and completed Post-Graduate Course work (TH.M.) at Maryknoll School of Theology in New York. Rev. Ayla Samson is also a graduate of the Institute of Congregational Development.

Rev. Ayla Samson has passion for, and many years of experience in, children and youth ministries. She is also passionate about Bible study, small groups ministry, as well as Intergenerational Ministry (Ministry to all generations). Rev. Ayla Samson is a Team builder and a collaborative leader who is committed to work with the congregation to help bring added growth and vitality. She is also committed to work with the congregation to reach out to its community in new and effective ways.

Rev. Ayla Samson currently serves as the Secretary of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergy Women Association (AAPIC UMC). She also serves as a member of the Northern Illinois Conference Nominations Committee.

Rev. Ayla Samson is married to Rev. Dr. Zaki L. Zaki, Chicago Northwestern District Superintendent. They have five children: their son, Khalid, who will graduate in May 2017 from Valparaiso University (Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Math), daughter Nura who will also graduate in May 2017 from Valparaiso University (Political Science/Pre-law), daughter Mariam who is a first year student at Valparaiso University (pre-Med), daughter Isis who is a graduating High School senior, and daughter Myra who will graduate in June from Emerson Middle School.

Rev. Ayla Samson honors Faith UMC and appreciates the good work the congregation has done together with their current Pastor, Rev. Amos Oladipo for whom she has a lot of respect. She commits to work with the congregation to build upon this good work.