Founder and Executive Director
Gateway of Grace
The Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page is the founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace, an outreach ministry to refugees, many of whom are survivors of severe trauma. Her organization helps refugees start over with donated furniture, pocket money, groceries, baby showers, job assistance, language lessons, and more. Most important, perhaps, Gateway trains volunteers and churches to adopt refugee families, the point where friendships form and integration begins.
Raised a Muslim in Iran, Samira found her way to the United States after a difficult trek escaping unrest from revolution and war at home. Arriving in Texas, a local church showed them unique kindness and generosity and soon became a second family. Today, her experiences help her not only to serve people displaced by war, famine, political turmoil, and natural calamities; but also to raise up churches and individuals to meet the needs of refugees despite their background, culture, or religious affiliation.
Mother Samira was born and raised in Iran as a Muslim. She and her family left Iran due to persecution and obtained political asylum status in the U.S. Mother Samira converted to Christianity.
She earned her Master of Divinity and doctorate in Missional Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She has committed her life to bring the hope and love of Christ to those whose hope, dignity, and humanity have been taken away by oppressive governments and circumstances.
She is the author of Who Is My Neighbor and co-author and co-editor of No Longer Strangers: Transforming Evangelism with Immigrant Communities. She frequently speaks nationally and locally at conferences, churches and other venues on issues of interfaith relations, Islam and Christianity. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries and a church planter.
Mother Samira and her husband, Dennis, have four adult children and enjoy gardening and exploring restaurants in the area.