Samuel Mukasa, Lead Pastor of Experience Church International was born in Entebbe and raised in Sokolo, a small village in the then, Mpigi District in Uganda. Samuel began is his primary schooling at Katende Primary School. A civil war began in his country, which forced the school to close. His father took him to Entebbe to continue his studies. There Samuel attended school and lived with his uncle who was a Pastor.
Raised in a “born-again” home, Samuel attended church, participated in family Bible study and prayer; but the understanding of God’s Word had yet to be illuminated in his heart. A gifted soccer player, Samuel excelled in the sport as well as his studies.
After graduating from high school Samuel’s dream came true when he was accepted to St.Henry’s College Kitovu for his advanced school certificate. Soon he was recruited to play for the Sports Club Villa, the biggest soccer club in Uganda, at the time. Opportunities for the National Under 21 were offered, giving him the chance to travel the world representing his club and country.
A Catholic priest and mentor helped set Samuel on the path he’s on today, by encouraging him to “get an education”. He explained that soccer was a short-term plan for someone so knowledgeable. He pressed Samuel to get his education first and reassured him that soccer would be waiting after he graduated. His mentor connected Samuel with the soccer coach at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.
In less than a week Samuel was standing on U.S. soil with a full soccer scholarship. Within six years Samuel obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance, along with a Master’s of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance.
As Samuel entered his master’s program, he met his wife Ebonie of eighteen years. Their lives together has been one adventure of faith after another. Samuel admits, his life of ministry began on his wedding day, “Learning to love my wife as Christ loves the Church is an everyday process.” Together they’ve launched a successful social brand, CLOAK INC and served as active members in their home church, Trinity Church Miami. In 2013, God spoke to Samuel’s heart with the simple message, “Go fight for my people.” In September 2015, Samuel answered the call and along with his wife set out to establish Experience Church International. They are both passionate about serving their community and sharing the love of Christ by proclaiming messages of hope paired with actions that help those in need.
Today, Samuel and Ebonie along their son Samuel Jr., and Samuel’s daughter, Miriam and newest member baby HannahGrace live in Miami, Florida. Samuel holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Theology from Life Christian University. His unique perspective, partnered with his foundational understanding of God’s Word, makes for thought-provoking commentary. Samuel’s heart is that this blog will encourage you in your journey (walk with Christ), that you will pursue God with all your heart and strength and that you will come to understand the fullness of Christ’s love for you!