Sam Roddan was born in Winnipeg in 1915. He came to Vancouver with his parents in 1929 to live in the Downtown Eastside, where his father, the Rev. Andrew Roddan, was minister at First United Church until 1947. Sam Roddan was a teacher, writer, and artist. He wrote numerous short stories, and for many years, his columns appeared regularly in the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. He wrote a history of The United Church of Canada in British Columbia, entitled Batter My Heart, to commemorate the Church’s fiftieth anniversary in 1975. Roddan died on June 8, 2002.