About the Preacher

Who Is Our Pastor?

 

Pastor Scott Griffith, a lover of M&Ms, is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith. 

He  was raised in New City, New York. After graduating from Summit High  School in 1982, Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned  his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and  elementary education.

In 1994 he was  called into ministry by the Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in  Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, where he had been serving as Music  Director. After serving for five years there, he was appointed to a  two-point charge in Kearny, New Jersey. Before coming to Arcola United  Methodist Church here in Paramus as a full time pastor, Rev. Griffith was serving as a full time pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in  Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Pastor Scott is a gifted Christian preacher serving Arcola United Methodist Church with his God-given talents of creating and sharing meaningful sermons each Sunday morning.  He sings in the choir, attends all meetings, and  participates with the youth in their activities and events. Pastor Scott's interests include reading, collecting coins and listening to music.


Monthly Letter From Pastor Scott

  June 2018


Dear Friends:


My dad had a bad joke that anyone who lived in Egypt must be in denial.


On the serious side, we need to acknowledge that we are living in
denial.  We deny the problem of the poor, homeless, and hungry, in the richest country in the world.  We deny the problem of systemic racism
and sexism.  We deny that it is fear that is ruling our lives and
dictating our actions individually and at the political and national
level.


Kathleen O’Connor, one of the best thinkers and writers on the book of
Lamentations writes about how a capitalist society like ours (the United
States) demands we deny our wounds, those who suffer, and our poor, in
order for that system to maintain and empower the wealthy and those who
benefit from it.

The spiritual condition reflects a covert despair and a repressed
hopelessness; tough words when we are surrounded by advertisements that
tell us how wonderful our lives are.


But O’Connor argues that the book of Lamentations leaves the wounds raw,
so that, in finding a voice out of that pain can lead to drawing out the
poison, and eventual healing.  That requires telling the truth.

And this is where the church as the body of Christ enters the story.


The bible not only commands us to love neighbor and welcome the migrant,
but the life of Jesus refused to abandon suffering for a more convenient
way.  In facing the cross, Jesus not only proclaimed a truth, he was and
is the truth.

As disciples, to follow Jesus means we must confront power systems which
continue to deny the truth, and we may be rejected because of it.  But
if we are to have a witness of empowerment in our churches, we need to
stand with God, who stands with the poor.  There we will find in them
our teachers, and they will find in us a compassionate neighbor.


Think about it!


God Bless,
Scott