Pastor Scott has been married to Beth since 1974. They met at the University of Iowa at a Campus Crusade for Christ retreat. After marriage they moved to the Twin Cities where Scott attended Bethel Seminary and graduated with an M.Div. in 1978. Beth also earned a Master’s degree during those years.
Scott pastored Ely Baptist Church near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in NE Minnesota from 1978 until 1991. Their three daughters were born in Ely: Erika (1980), Jill (1982), and Emily (1984). Those were wonderful years raising a family and serving a loving congregation in a beautiful setting of God’s creation. The Pearson girls benefited from growing up in such a beautiful and loving environment nurtured by such a wise and devoted mother.
Scott pastored Grace Baptist Church in Tracy, CA from 1991 to 1994. Those were hard years that ended painfully. Scott learned some hard lessons from some financial failures and painful experiences and took with him to Iowa a saying that is repeated following every Communion service at Cornerstone: “I am totally accepted, fully pleasing, deeply loved, completely forgiven, and empowered to live a new life in Christ because of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.”
Scott and Beth and family moved back to Davenport, Iowa (where Beth grew up) in the summer of 1994 – hurting and without a job. God graciously led this “vulnerable family” to Cornerstone shortly thereafter. “After great pain, a new life emerges.” The Pearsons have thrived at Cornerstone and in the North Scott area and are grateful for God’s abundant blessings.
Erika graduated from Bethel College and lives in Denver with her husband, Kyle, and two sons and two daughters (age 4 and under). Kyle is a pastor and graduate of Denver Seminary. Jill graduated from Iowa State and lives in Des Moines with her husband, Peter, and a daughter and two sons (age 4 and under). Peter is an Iowa State grad who works as an engineer with John Deere and has strong teaching gifts. Emily is an Iowa Hawkeye who married an Iowa baseball player (like her mom did). Mike (Mo) has worked with college students to help them in their spiritual development. Mo and Emily and their children (now two sons and two daughters, age 5 and under) then followed God’s call to a small country in SE Asia where he has started a CrossFit business. Scott and Beth now have 6 grandsons and 5 granddaughters.
In addition to enjoying their grandchildren, Scott and Beth enjoy hikes in the woods with their dog, traveling, restaurants, movies, BBC videos, reading, gardening, museums and occasionally some skiing. Scott also enjoys sports and trout fishing and mission trips.
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