Scott was offered the position July 17 by Texas Adventist Conference president Carlos Craig after the conference personnel committee supported a recommendation by the 25-member Keene Church Senior Pastor Search Committee to offer the position to Scott.
“We're excited about coming to Keene,” Scott told the Keene Star. “People are warm and welcoming and the opportunity is great for ministry. I am eager to get started.”
Scott, currently the senior pastor at the Shelton, Wash.
, Adventist Church, interviewed for the position July 11 and spoke July 13 at both services at the Keene Adventist Church.
Wes and Cheryl Schram wait for their opportunity to visit with Jennifer and Robert Scott, in back facing camera, July 13 during a come-and-go reception for the Scotts at the Keene Senior Center. Jennifer Scott has accepted the invitation to be senior pastor at the Keene Adventist Church. (Paul Gnadt)
A come-and-go reception held for her later that afternoon attracted a large crowd to the Keene Senior Center.
The search committee met the evening of July 16 in the board room at Southwestern Adventist University and decided it wanted to offer Scott the job.
Her final sermon in Shelton will be Aug. 3, Scott said.
“Praise the Lord,” Search Committee Chair Steve Stafford said. “She will do a good job. She's ready to get to work and to get to know everyone.”
Scott, her husband, Robert “Bob,” daughter Camryn, 13, and son, Caeden, 10, will travel to Keene in mid-August to search for housing and get assignments at Keene Adventist Elementary School, she said.
The family will return to Washington to wrap up last-minute details and will arrive in Keene to stay about mid September, she said.
The search committee had been meeting since April to find a successor to Mic Thurber, who left after 10 years as senior pastor of the 3,000-member church to become ministerial director for the Mid America Union in Lincoln, Neb.
In addition to Stafford, members of the search committee are Craig and Grady from the confence office; Keene Adventist Church pastorial staff members Geraldo Alonso, Heather Crews, Phil Robertson, Jerrod Songy and Jim Teel; and Keene church members Eric Anderson, Gwen Beeson, Leticia Cortes, Marjorie Frakes, Mickey Johnson, Kenny Jones, Diane Ketchum, Karl Konrad, Russ Laughlin, Linc Liberto, Lillianne Lopez, Sipho Ndebele, Mary Ortiz, Marie Redwine, Robert Smith, Chris Tharp and Dean Turk.
“I did a lot of listening during my visit to Keene and I'll continue to do that,” Scott said. “I'm a team player.”
The Shelton Adventist Church is part of the Shelton Valley Christian Campus, a 25-acre site about 50 miles southwest of Seattle. The campus includes the Shelton Valley Christian School and Shelton Valley Christian Child Development Center that has exploded to an enrollment of 256 children in the last four years.
Scott's name was at the top of a list of about 50 potential candidates who were asked to submit resumes, Stafford said.
“Some did, some didn't,” he said.
Scott is a 1991 graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) with two degrees, and earned a master's degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadina, Calif., in 1997.
She has served as an associate pastor at Loma Linda University Church in Loma Linda, Calif., and Green Lake, Wash. She has a website at www.jenniferscott.net.
Scott grew up in Maryland where her mother's side of the family were members of the Adventist Church.
“Pray for us during this transition,” Scott said.