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Meet Scott Marsh

Scott Marsh
Seminary was a time of relationship development with God and personal growth in academic achievement. I was a pastor in my heart, but not yet a pastor in my mind. Garrett-Evangelical pushed me into new spaces, encouraged me to be self-reflective, and validated the education I brought to seminary.

Master of Divinity

What is your hometown and educational background?

I was raised in a small dairy town in Michigan (Reed City) and graduated from high school in 2007. I attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in earth science and environmental studies.

How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?

Before coming to seminary, I had already felt a strong call into ministry and benefited from some amazing mentors. Seminary was a time of relationship development with God and personal growth in academic achievement. I was a pastor in my heart, but not yet a pastor in my mind. Garrett-Evangelical pushed me into new spaces, encouraged me to be self-reflective, and validated the education I brought to seminary. I want to extend a special thanks to the role Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart and Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser played in this.

What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?

There are many transformative experiences I have had at Garrett-Evangelical, but I think the most important was moving to Evanston after a poor academic performance my first semester. I had tried to work full time in a college ministry, provide pastoral care to a community, give time to my spouse, and take a full load of classes online; there were not enough hours in the day! And if that weren’t enough, my wife Meagan and I moved to Garrett-Evangelical during finals week. Yikes! But what waited for me was a community who met my families’ needs. Garrett-Evangelical is not a perfect place. The reality is seminary is also full of broken people who are just trying to do better, and, it turns out, God’s grace is needed no matter where you are.

What are your plans or your hopes for your future?

I have been appointed to Faith United Methodist Church in Coleman, Michigan, and will begin my pastoral role there on July 1. First and foremost, I plan to love that community and proclaim the loving grace of our creator God to all I meet. I also plan to continue writing, spend some time with my beautiful partner Meagan, and get some much needed hammock time in.