Rev. Scott Campbell
Telephone: (617) 354-0837
Address: Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue (adjacent to Harvard Law School)
I have been asked to tell you a little about myself—the sort of information that doesn’t necessarily appear on a resume. While a Web page might be a helpful first introduction, the best way to get to know one another is face to face. I invite you to be in contact with me if there is any way I can be of service to you.
I was born in the Boston area and have come back to my beginnings after a circuitous journey around the globe. Ten years of my ministry have been spent in Europe (Paris and Brussels) and another six years have included working on a part-time basis with ecumenical English language congregations around the world. I have had a wonderful opportunity to see and appreciate many parts of the globe.
I am a lifelong United Methodist, having been and baptized into this church. Over the years I have come to understand that, like marriage, church membership is a “for better or worse” proposition. During my lifetime, Methodists have gone from being the largest Protestant denomination in America with some 11 million members, to struggling with a steady decline, having lost some 3 million members over the last 30 years. Yet, there are important lessons that can only be learned apart from triumph. United Methodists today are engaged in a vital, if not always harmonious, debate around what is essential to our faith. We are asking ourselves questions that were not often asked in more prosperous times. I believe this is a healthy trend for our church and will serve us well in the long run.
I am currently pastor at the Harvard-Epworth UMC, located just beside Harvard Law School. I began my ministry here in 1996 and have come to appreciate this congregation more each year. It is a place of incredible openness. Doubt is not feared here, but welcomed as a tool in deepening our discipleship. Persons of every background and persuasion are welcomed. We are members of the Reconciling Ministries program of the UMC, openly declaring our warm welcome of persons without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a young, active, vibrant congregation.
As you might guess, one of the things I love about being a part of the Harvard Chaplains is incredible diversity in the body. Life is so much bigger and richer than any single tradition can embody!
So, what else do you need to know? I’ve been married to Lin since 1968 and we’re rearing our second family at the moment, following the death of our daughter, Suzanna, in January 2003. I have two grown, married children, Shawn and Sara, and we now have Suzanna’s two little boys Jesse and Caylum living with us. While we hate the circumstances that brought them to us, we are overjoyed to have them.
I would love to carry on this conversation by hearing something of your story. I tend to be a pretty good listener, so feel free to stop by or give me a call. In the meanwhile, may God bless you and keep you.