W. Samples (JSam) is a Preacher's
Kid. His Dad's name is John "C." Samples, which is why he goes by John Wayne or
"W" or JSam.
As a PK, JSam has been around real-life church dramas all his life.
But those are different from the dramas
on this website.
The sketches in JSamPlays are funny and tragic and emotional and life-changing; sometimes very
meaningful and sometimes very silly...
On second thought, maybe these are
pretty close to real-life.
JSam has played around with
theatre, both inside and outside the church--writing, directing and acting--since he was a kid.
He began his drama ministry in 1988 when he
was asked to lead a troupe at Traders Point Christian Church in
The troupe became known as A.C.T.S.
or Abiding Christian Theatrical Players.
grew into a nurture group as much
as a dramatic troupe,
meeting at least weekly for prayer, encouragement,
drama training, concept sharing and rehearsals.
The ministry soon settled on a
focus of doing sketches -- 5 to 8 minutes each -- for Sunday morning and
Most of these sketches are designed to
set-up a problem or issue which would then be addressed by a minister or another element
in the worship service.
Most are contemporary in nature.
Most have at least some comedic
You will find exceptions to each of
these, but this should
give you a general indication of what to expect.