I am 47 years old and have been married to my best friend Cheri for 23 years. We have been blessed with three children: Samuel (19), AnnaBeth (14) and Elise (12).
The Lord brought me to himself in July 1989 as I came to the end of myself with drinking and depression. Early on in my journey with Christ I felt a ravenous hunger for Scripture and a growing calling to leadership that has taken different forms over the past 28 years of walking with Jesus. I have always felt a desire to shepherd and teach, but have struggled with this call for years. My experience with church has been very complicated at times, having experienced some abusive situations that have caused me to deeply question everything I believed, particularly beliefs regarding my calling.
I went back to school in 1999 and received a Masters degree in Theological Studies from ACTS Seminaries in Langley, BC. After graduation in 2001 we moved to Louisville, KY to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to begin work on a Ph.D. Long story short, things began to unravel personally, emotionally, spiritually and financially. This began a long “dark night of the soul” that lasted until around 2012-13 when a new movement of God in my soul caused me to look more closely at leadership and in particular, pastoral ministry.
We began to sense the Lord’s leading back to the NW, where we were raised (Oregon and British Columbia, respectively). Through much counsel and prayer, we realized that we needed to live in a place that resonated with our souls, with mountains and rivers and big skies. We also sensed that in this new “place,” the Lord would unfold a ministry for us. As we started looking at cities, our hearts were gradually but strongly drawn to Spokane. We began to feel called to this city even though we didn’t know anyone. In July 2016 we drove the 2000+ miles to Spokane with no job or friends, but hearts full of songs and hopes!
In the early spring of 2017 we began attending Redemption Spokane and have felt drawn to this community ever since. We quickly connected with Alyssa St. Clair and the Care Ministry and have partnered with her in developing the ministry as well as engaging in marriage counseling. We have a deep desire to help regular people connect with the goodness of God through Jesus and are saying “yes” to elder candidacy as one way to do that!
Though this candidacy is focused on my (Scott’s) leadership I am very aware that I lead from my marriage, so please pray for Cheri and I -
-- that we are empowered to shepherd our “first church” - our family;
-- that we hunger, continually seek and find a fresh vision from our great Shepherd Jesus
-- for our everyday lives with him in his kingdom
-- for our shepherding work, so that we are cooperating with what Jesus is doing and not off doing our own thing and carrying the outcomes.
-- that our presence with others be saturated with the Spirit of God, offering life, instruction and encouragement.