|Samuel S. Chetti|
The Rev. Dr. Samuel S. Chetti was elected on May 28, 1996 by the Board of Directors as the sixth Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles. He is the first Asian-American Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles (Los Angeles Baptist City Mission Society) which began in 1906. He has been serving the churches of Los Angeles and the Pacific Southwest for 39 years.
He began his ministry in 1970 as the Urban Youth and International Student Ministry Coordinator at the Temple Baptist Church of Los Angeles. In 1975 he was invited by the Los Angeles Baptist City Mission Society to coordinate International Student and Scholars Ministry at the University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, and the California Institute of Technology. In 1976 he was appointed the American Baptist Chaplain at University of Southern California. While at the University, Dr. Chetti strengthened undergraduate and graduate student ministry, developed a Health Science ministry at the School of Medicine as well as the faculty fellowships. In 1978 he was assigned the pastorate of the Baptist Chapel at University of California at Los Angeles and became the Director of Ministry in Higher Education for the region of Los Angeles.
Dr. Chetti was invited by evangelical bodies in England and South East Asia to preach within their universities. In 1974, he spoke in defense of A Christian Faith and the Contemporary Academic Quest for Truth within the universities of England, Scotland, France and Italy. In 1979 he engaged the students in the universities of Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Japan and Thailand at the invitation of the Asian Evangelical student body.
In 1983 he was appointed to direct the American Baptist Ministry in Higher Education for the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest regions.
In 1986, he assumed a full time staff position as the Associate Executive Minister and Director of the Division of Congregational Renewal and Development. He was responsible for developing and implementing contextual congregational renewal and re-start projects. This congregational renewal process is an integrative plan which includes church emotional systems, management concepts, and transcultural leadership dynamics.
He served on several denominational committees and advisory groups including Chairman of the American Baptist Higher Education Team; Metro Christian Education Team, Public Mission Team, and the Evangelism and Renewal Team. He also served on the Denominational Restructuring Task Force. He currently serves on the Regional Executive Ministers Council and the General Executive Council.
Dr. Chetti holds degrees in Bio-Chemistry, Astrophysics, and Comparative Religions and Theology. His post graduate studies are in the area of business administration and management. From 1989-1999, he served as adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. On June 4, 1997, Dr. Chetti received an honorary doctorate degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West.
He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of one of the most diverse regions of ABC/USA. ABC/LA represents 138 churches and missions. Over 104 countries are represented every Sunday with preaching and worship services conducted in over 23 different languages. Beginning in 2006 he is responsible for administering the new association of the American Baptists Congregations of the Southwest and Hawaii, formerly the American Baptists of the Pacific Southwest.
Dr. Samuel Chetti, is a Franklin Covey Master Trainer for the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and the American Baptist Congregations of the Southwest & Hawaii. As such he leads the following Franklin-Covey workshops:
He is married to Carolyn Chilton Chetti. They have one daughter, Darshana Leah. The Chettis are members of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Chetti is a frequent plenary speaker and workshop leader throughout the country. His passion in ministry is to dialogue and engage with university students and young adults with the wisdom and the claims of the Kingdom of God.