<p>Sam Shoemaker, DD, STD (1893–1963), was an Episcopal priest who led the American branch of the Oxford Group and influenced the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Samuel Moor Shoemaker, III was the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York City, the United States headquarters of the Oxford Group during the 1930s. It was there he met & married Helen Dominick Smith; daughter of the late Howard Alexander Smith, who was a U.S. senator from New Jersey from 1944 to 1958, and Helen Babcock Dominick.
His wife, Helen Smith Shoemaker was an author, sculptor and also a church leader.
Bill Wilson attended Oxford Group meetings at the Calvary Church. Sam Shoemaker also helped start an Oxford Group chapter in Akron, Ohio, where Dr. Bob Smith became involved. Serious disagreements with Oxford Group founder Frank Buchman led Shoemaker to separate from Buchman in 1941. Sam Shoemaker and his followers later formed "Faith At Work" as a continuation of his conference and publication projects.
In 1917, Sam Shoemaker had been sent to China to start a branch of the YMCA and to teach at the Princeton-in-China Program. There, in 1918, feeling discouraged, he first met Frank Buchman who told him of the</p>