Rev. Jeff Scott, Pastor

About the Pastor – Jeff Scott Jeff & Family

A “Snapshot” Version

(For an extended bio, click on “The Long and Not so Short of It”)

The Seeds and Call to West Lebanon

It was Frederick Buechner, I believe, who defined one’s true vocation as “where one’s greatest passion meets the greatest need”. I still remember the evening, when browsing through church “brochures” and synopses of open pulpits on-line, Hilda read to me excerpts from West Lebanon’s brochure. Something about the spirit and content of the wording struck her as she commented, “Jeff, this sounds like you.” Thus, my curiosity was piqued! Other wording in the church profile spoke of both challenges and blessings and the position being one for someone with the “heart of a pastor” who would enter into the “very fabric of our lives”. Now I was really intrigued! Over the course of the summer, while I benefited by taking this time for knee replacement, our mutual conversations deepened. Moving forward in discernment as candidate, I accepted the call.

In some very unmistakable ways, with God’s guiding hand, I have come full circle, re-embracing the neighborhood church: hope-filled, vital, congregational. And boy is it full of ministry opportunities for all!

Interests and Avocation

I have a passion for hands-on mission work which engages the surrounding communities and wider needs of the church including disaster response trips, when possible; adventures in faith formation which involve recreational and camping ministry with all ages; and sampling what the natural world offers in this region. On days or evenings off, you’ll catch me…let’s see now:

  • Swimming workouts in the very convenient nearby pool.
  • Curling up with contemplative writings and embracing that tradition, particularly my favorite, Thomas Merton.
  • Sailing our Javelin in down Lakes Region way. Paddling the rivers and running rapids, come spring, (with any fellow enthusiasts) in canoe and kayak.
  • Kicking up the dust with my dual sport KLR exploring or joining friends for some mountain biking on yet-to-be discovered trails.
  • Following my wonderful (double black diamond) wife, who skis circles around me.
  • Camping and recreational outings, soaking up all this region and its good people have to offer.

The best saved for last – Hilda

As they say, all of this would not be possible without a wonderfully supportive, wife and ministry mate in Hilda. We are empty nesters, married 15 years, with five children between us. Hilda, a native of Hungary, grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, but also has spent most of her life in New England (New Hampshire Lakes region). Hilda has enjoyed a career, mostly in nursing management in New Hampshire and Maine followed by an eight year stretch in rural public health nursing and emergency room work in a large Colorado hospital. Now she is back at Lakes Region hospital in Laconia (discharge planning) and residing at our home in Gilmanton (Sawyer Lake) during the work week. She joins us all on the weekends and me on my weekly time off following. She is indeed my better half!

As you’ll hear me repeat, I believe most folks will concur that they got a “two-fer” when WLCC called me. Hilda is thrilled to be closer to and visiting our grandchildren (now 3), being with our dog Annie, participating in vigorous hiking and working her magic on NH slopes.

And yes, we enjoy spending as much time together as we can – and not necessarily in that order!

In Christ and now in West Lebanon! Jeff Scott