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Scott Searl

Scott Searl cropPastor Scott grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, while there were still farm fields and independent farmers selling vegetables along side Bass Lake Road. His family bought vegetables from a local widow farmer they called “Grandma Toots.”

He graduated from Osseo Senior High in 1990 and then attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He began his college career believing he would become a high school choral director. He ended his college career with a major in communication. Following college, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey for the simple reason that students at Princeton were allowed to play golf at the local country club for $12 every Monday and Thursday. His dorm room for all thee years of seminary was less than a pitching wedge away from the golf course.

After graduating from seminary, Pastor Scott went to work in the computer industry as the general manager of the component repair division of Kennsco, Incorporated, a family owned business. Kennsco was sold in 2000, and he then left to serve as the director of development for Youth Leadership, a partner of Luther Seminary that offered master’s degrees in youth family ministry. In 2001, he joined Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota, as the Director of Development. The following year, while no one was looking, he was installed and ordained as the Pastor of Development. He left Mount Calvary in 2009 to become the senior pastor at Shepherd of the Hills.

Pastor Scott oversees the mission and vision of Shepherd, and most importantly he often makes sure the doors are locked, the lights are on, and the engine is running. In addition, he is also charged with the care of Shepherd’s team mascot, Luther, a 13-year-old golden retriever who serves as the church’s official greeter of children. In his spare time, Pastor Scott downhill skis, rides a pontoon boat, and tries as often as possible to get outside (Shepherd is located within walking distance to two golf courses… just a coincidence).