Samuel S. Chetti

The Rev. Dr. Samuel S. Chetti is executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii.

Dr. Chetti is the first Asian-American regional executive minister of American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. He has been serving the churches in the area for 31 years. Dr. Chetti’s ministry began in work with urban youth and other youth ministries. In 1976 he was appointed the American Baptist chaplain at the University of Southern California. While there he strengthened student ministry and developed a health service ministry at the school of medicine. Dr. Chetti was also pastor of the Baptist chapel at the University of California at Los Angeles.

In 1983 he was appointed to direct the American Baptist Ministry in Higher Education for American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and Pacific Southwest regions. In 1986 Dr. Chetti assumed a staff position as associate executive minister and director of the division of congregational renewal and development. He is CEO of one of the most diverse regions of American Baptist Churches, representing nearly 300 churches and missions. Over 104 countries are represented every Sunday with preaching and worship services conducted in over 26 different languages.

Dr. Chetti holds degrees in astrophysics/biochemistry, comparative religions/theology and business management, and an honorary doctorate degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West. (Member since 2007)