Samuel E. West was born in 1938. Even as a youth he was intensely interested in religion. He was baptized at eight years old. The church did not believe in ministers receiving money for their work. This later necessitated full-time work to support his family.
In 1956, he graduated from high school, was ordained an elder, and spent the summer in missionary work. He got married in 1961; and with his wife Mary had four children. They now enjoy eight grandchildren.
Samuel always had an eager desire to explore new horizons in his spiritual and temporal life. He was an active church member, author, treasurer, and designed the new church building used today.
During the summer of 1966, he appreciated the lack of personal satisfaction with his job. He quit, mortgaged what he had, and went to flight school. In only three months he graduated as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
Finding no satisfactory work in his home town, he moved to Florida with Mary and their two year old son; where he accepted a job with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The next semester he started taking classes; while working full-time. Soon, he was a supervisor over about a third of all flight training. He graduated magna cum laude.
Feeling a need for an even better education, he accepted a job as chief flight instructor with Louisiana Tech University; where he could work and pursue graduate studies. He completed his masters degree in Business Administration. Pilot training under the GI bill ended; and the college flight school was closed.
He continued teaching university classes in business and photography. With his unique aviation and educational experience, he published numerous flight training courses for private pilot to airline transport pilot. Next, he published training courses for air charter companies ranging from single-engine to jet. They are still used across the country.
After completing his educational goals, he operated a photography studio. After a couple years, while still teaching, he closed the studio and helped his wife organize her own local video stores. Sold several years ago, they remain a leader in the area.
During all these years he continued his religious studies. These included the Bible, Ecclesiastic Histories, commentaries, journals, and other Christian and Jewish publications. His thirst for spiritual truth has never been satisfied.
Then, he retired and returned full-time to his first love: the gospel of Christ. Since that time, he has published numerous gospel related books, newsletters, documents, and maintains several religious Web sites.
His unique work experience, education, and religious studies prepared him to reveal this extremely important and untold story of the Biblical Apocrypha. His personal conviction to pass his wisdom to others drove him to offer the most complete analysis of Escape From Armageddon.