Pastor Scott Masters, was born in Rhode Island, raised in Orlando, Florida, and moved to the Concord, NH area as a young teen. He attended Keene State College, in Keene NH where he majored in Mathematics and History. After transferring to Franklin Pierce University, he graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Finance and Public Accounting. He has also did graduate work in Supply Chain Economics, at the Florida Institute of Technology and in the Masters of Finance Program at Southern New Hampshire University.
After rediscovering his faith as a young adult, Scott took on increasing leadership roles within the local, state, and conference levels of the United Methodist Church. He served in various roles from Treasurer and Lay Leader of his local church, to serving as a member of the NH District Ministry Strategy Team and as Co-District Laity Leader. He formally entered the Candidacy program for Ordained Ministry in the spring of 2003, and completed his licensing as a local pastor in the summer of 2006. He was assigned to Asbury Church as his first appointment, in July of 2007, by the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He studied at Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, KY, the Appalachian LP School in Barbourville Kentucky, as part of the Red Bird Missionary Conference, and finally completed his seminary studies at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC. He is currently completing an advanced course of study via Duke Divinity in North Carolina.
His academic interests include Rural Church Growth and Development, Hebrew Heritage and Theology, Physical Fitness as Discipleship and Stewardship, and the ancient symbols and stories of our faith. In addition, he is passionate about the potential that contemplative prayer and Christian meditation can hold in our evolving church and individual faith journeys.
He currently serves as the President of the New England (and growing National) Assembly of Local Pastors and Associate Members, New England Annual Conference Chair of Global Missions, NH District Committee on Ordained Ministry, board member of Fit4Faith (a ministry of physical fitness), and volunteers as race director and organizer for the annual Miles for Mission 5K Fun Run and Walk to benefit the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria Program.
Scott is committed to making faith authentic, relevant, and fun within this community. He is passionate about rediscovering discipleship, church development, and tailoring worship and outreach to meet the needs of a new generation of seekers and believers. He believes that faith should have strong personal and communal components, and is expressed most completely through a careful balance between service and outreach to the community and personal holiness. He is strongly committed to a theology that is understood only in light of the full person and church and which emphasizes physical, spiritual, and community wholeness. In addition, he is passionate about personal and communal renewal through contemplative prayer and Christian Meditation.
in addition to his work in the local church, Scott is a strong advocate of the bi-vocational model of ministry (Clergy maintaining employment beyond the church). He has worked across the denomination in the development and deployment of resources to encourage more agile and effective deployment of the model of ministry and leadership. In addition, he has worked to develop tools for not only the identification but growth and empowerment of laity. He has taught on the link between effective leadership and spiritual discipline for healthy church leadership.
As a bi-vocational pastor, Scott works full time managing the Business Planning and Forecast Group at the Automotive Lighting Division of OSRAM Sylvania. He lives in Keene, NH and is married to Stacey, and together they have two girls; Annie (a Sociology/Gender Studies Grad Student) and Sophie (A Student at Maine College of Art). An energetic westie named Sammy and a Shiranian named Maggie completes the clan. Besides the church, Scott is a passionate sports fan, die-hard movie buff, and spends a great deal of time weightlifting and running on the backroads of Keene and Chesterfield.