Scott completed his undergraduate schooling at Purdue University. There he was involved in the Christian Campus House; this was a student fellowship and Scott’s ideal church. During his senior year he took a short-term mission trip to Haiti. It was on this trip he began to consider full-time Christian ministry.
The next stop for Scott was graduate school in 1988 at Cincinnati Christian Seminary. While in Cincinnati he met his wife Lynn. She was a 22-year-old widow working on her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education. They married in 1989. Scott’s graduation from Seminary, first ministry, and their first child, Sidney, took place in the year 1990. Their first ministry was with First Christian Church in Jackson, Tennessee. It was a good ministry which continued for three years. They completed their family with Luke in 1992.
A nearby orphanage became the next ministry opportunity. It seemed God was pointing them in this direction and they left First Christian Church to work for Youthtown of Tennessee in Pinson, TN. The position was part-time house parenting. However, a local evangelizing association called them to start a new church. The County Line Christian Church began with just their family of four. Over the next 3 years it grew to a group in the thirties. This was great growth for a part-time minister and no budget! The work with the orphanage was difficult. The average stay for house parents was less than a year. After three years, they knew it was time to move on.
During this same time, one of the churches that was supported by the before-mentioned small evangelizing association was looking for their first youth minister. They applied for this position and got it at the St. Bethlehem Christian Church in Clarksville, TN. They soon began multiple services after their arrival and they worked in whatever capacity they were needed. This was a good ministry as well, ministering for three years there.
After a brief 7 months helping a new church plant with their worship music, Scott and Lynn were asked to join a group of 15 visionary people to begin this great adventure of Gateway Christian Church! They have been here since the church’s inception in 2000.
When asked about the best part of ministry, Scott says it is the fact that they get to work together as a family on something they believe in, which is helping people understand just how much God cares and loves each one of us.