From the Pastor's Desk

Bakerstown UMC,


              Over the past month, I have been discerning my next steps in ministry. My discerning led to a few phone calls, which leads to this announcement that effective July 1st, I will begin serving in South Carolina at Latta UMC and Mt. Andrew UMC. This two-point charge is in a rural and small-town setting.


              Alyssa and I have always had a connection to South Carolina since our first trip there as a couple. We have vacationed there a few times, and even got engaged there in 2014. We both knew we wanted to live there if the right opportunities arose. What seemed like dreams as high school sweethearts is now turning into a reality for us.


Alyssa has family in the Charleston area. Her dad also dreamed about moving to South Carolina, so Alyssa almost views this as fulfilling her dad’s dream through her.


We both have strong support from our families who reacted with much joy and excitement over this new possibility.


We appreciate your prayers as we faithfully follow where God is leading us in our ministry. Over the past month, the sermons have been based on being faithful in following where God leads, whether known or unknown. Even when we do not have it all figured out, we must remain faithful to the call that God places on each and every one of our hearts.


God’s blessings upon you all,  

Pastor Matt and Alyssa Scott



Dear Friends,


Greetings in the name of Jesus!  Like most of you, I was surprised by Pastor Matt’s announcement that he will be leaving us at the end June.  The move to South Carolina sounds like a wonderful opportunity for Matt and Alyssa!  We pray God’s blessings on them in their next ministry setting.


I have been asked several times after this was announced on Palm Sunday what is next for us in terms of an associate pastor.  The short answer to that question is I do not know.  This period of transition will be one of prayerfully discerning where God wants us to go from here.  The Staff Parish Relations Committee will soon meet to discuss what the staffing needs of our congregation are.  This process will involve input from other committees and from members of our church.


I ask that you join me in praying for God to direct us as we move forward. 



Pastor Keith