Scott and Caressa’s story: I was raised in St. Cloud, MN and moved to Homer Alaska when I was 19 years old, living in the back of on old pick-up truck and working in the maritime industry, building boats and commercial fishing. My second winter there I was invited to church by my boss’s wife, who was dying of cancer. My boss’s family had me come into their home for meals and Bible studies. November of 1983 I knelt on the dusty floor of the boat shop and received Christ’s gift of salvation and was baptized that winter.
My wife was 16 years old when I came to work for her father in the boat-building business. I could tell Caressa was passionate about the Lord by watching her experience the eventual death of her adopted mother and see her trust of and love for Jesus. Caressa was born on Kodiak, AK. She was an orphan and adopted at the age of 4. Her adopted parents lived in a remote dry cabin across the Bay from Homer near the small village of Seldovia AK. There she was homeschooled and transported to the Sedovia Chapel by boat most Sundays, where she heard the gospel and surrendered her heart to the Lord when she was 7 years old.
After I got saved, I knew that she was the girl for me, and we were married in 1984. During that first year while attending church, God called me to preach the Gospel through His Word and a burden to bring people to Him. In 1985 Caressa and I stared attending Bible College and in 1990 we entered full-time ministry.
Caressa is my life-mate, confidante, prayer warrior, and best friend. She is the godly mother of our four children, leading them to love and serve the Lord. She is a musician; singer, pianist, worship leader/coordinator, and choir director. She taught general music education to 200 students a year K-12 for 12 years, and still teaches music.
Caressa and I love living in the Port Angles area. We enjoy the ocean and the mountains, and we like walking together on the beach or in the wooded trails of the Olympic National Forest. We are now empty-nesters with our four children married and a growing number of grandchildren. Sometimes the grandchildren accompany us on our walks and that requires slowing down, pulling a wagon, or pushing a stroller, but we love the family together.
We hope you will visit us at a church service and maybe join us for a walk. The Bible refers to the Christian life as a walk many times. I think that is a great metaphor, because not everyone can run, and some of us need some help to keep up. We must sometimes walk through valleys in life and God does not want us to feel alone. Join us as we walk together in this journey with the Lord.