So far, 16 youth apprentices have been appointed by the Diocese to find ways to reach out to the young people in their communities.
Samuel believes that his own troubled background helps him understand and support the youngsters with whom he works.
‘I had a fractured relationship with my father,’ he says. ‘Life was difficult growing up. I went off the rails really early on. I got into trouble with the law more than once.
‘The fact that the impossible was made possible for me has put a hunger in my heart to bring that message to young people that what you think is impossible, is possible through the love of God. My dad turned his life around and came to faith before he died.’
One person who knows the change that the love of God can bring about is 14-year-old Karen Gayed. Painfully shy at school, she didn’t talk in lessons until the age of 10. Now, thanks to Samuel’s encouragement, she’s begun to lead worship at St Hugh’s.
‘I used not to be able to speak in front of two people and now I was leading worship in front of the whole church,’ she says. ‘It was so cool. I felt God was helping me. I really enjoyed it and I want to do it again. Samuel has definitely pushed me outside my comfort zones. I have got way more confident.