City On A Hill - History and Heritage
Pastor Sam Lalaian (1935 - 2018), our founding pastor, was in ministry spanning five decades. He went home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on May 26, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 1935, he was raised among a vibrant Armenian Pentecostal family that served the Lord with all their heart. Growing up, he became a successful offensive lineman, earning a football scholarship to USC, attending Whittier College, and earning a master’s degree in counseling. He went on to become a Corona Del Mar High School football coach and teacher. He moved to Georgia in 1970 with his new wife Becky, and purchased the Loganville farm on which he began raising registered black angus cattle until the Lord called him into the ministry. He often reminisced about his childhood, recounting that his family never missed a church service, and spoke endearingly of going to camp meeting revivals every night for weeks at a time. He was raised at the feet of numerous well-known revival speakers, such as William Branham and A.C. Valdez, and continued to serve the Lord in prophetic and pastoral ministry for the rest of his life.
During the 1980’s he held a weekly church service that regularly drew around 1,000 people to experience the miraculous power of God. His prophetic ministry bore much fruit, and he became well-known for God’s miraculous power flowing through him to pray for women who were unable to conceive, bringing forth hundreds of babies to the glory of God’s power. Yet in spite of being well-known, he was the most humble, yielded, and passionate man toward God’s Word and presence that could ever be. He loved simply being at the house of the Lord more than anywhere else. The fact that all three of his sons and their families are working together in the ministry he and Becky started in 1992 is his legacy, and meant the world to him. City On A Hill Church Loganville will always be a testimony of God’s miraculous power and faithfulness to Sam.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Paulk Lalaian, his parents Sam and Martha Mushegan Lalaian, and his sister Elaine Lalaian Babajian. He is survived by his sons Danny (Julie) Lalaian, Jeff (Misty) Lalaian, and Tim (Alexis) Lalaian; eight grandchildren: Nat Lalaian, Benji Lalaian, Becky Lalaian, David Lalaian, Emily Lalaian, Ellie Lalaian, Abbie Lalaian, and Hannah Lalaian; a brother, Art (Alice) Lalaian, and his wife Lily Lalaian.
He would like nothing more than to be remembered by the scripture upon which he based the church he founded: “My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4,5)