Meet Our New Lead PastorBryan Scott
Letters to the Church
From the TCBC Leadership Council
From June 7-21, 84 percent of the voting membership cast a ballot. Of the votes cast, 95 percent voted in favor of extending a call to Bryan. Both of these numbers far surpassed TCBC’s constitutional minimums, a quorum of 65 percent, with at least 75-percent affirming the call.
Bryan has accepted this call and will begin his duties on July 1, working remotely from New York City. He and his family anticipate a physical relocation to C-U soon thereafter. Interim Lead Pastor Jeff LoCaste will conclude his duties on July 8, allowing for a transition period and handoff.
As we have relayed to you previously, we are eager for the leadership Bryan will bring to TCBC. We trust that Bryan’s strengths, giftings, and experience for this role became apparent to you as you became familiar with him.
Many of you have already generously extended offers to help the Scott family with their transition and move. We are working to organize opportunities to share practical help and get to know Bryan and his family more. If you would like to reach out or have questions about the transition, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also watch your email and social media for more communication about the transition.
In addition, we are tremendously grateful to Jeff LoCaste for the guidance and shepherding he has sacrificially brought us. Jeff will preach his last sermon to us this Sunday, June 28. Be on the lookout for more about how we will express our thanks and send Jeff off well.
We rejoice that the Lord has been our refuge not only for this past season but throughout the nearly 90-year history of TCBC. God was faithful then to start our church in the midst of the Great Depression. We are once again in historically uncertain times, but Jesus remains our rock and fortress (Psalm 71). We mark the calling of Bryan as another moment where God has lavished His grace on us, that we might pursue Christ together and carry out our mission to renew the world.
The Leadership Council
From Bryan Scott
I want to express my excitement and gratitude for you all! My wife and I, and our kids are thrilled that this journey of discernment in seeking God’s will has led to your official invitation and call for me to be the next lead pastor of TCBC. I am excited and humbled by this moment, and wholeheartedly accept!
This last year for my family, and I, has been one of trusting God through serious health challenges for a child, and seeking God for his will for our lives. At various points in the last year, we have been walking with God through the dark and at other times we were searching simply to find Him. He, of course, never left our side. It is now clear that those experiences were meant both to draw us into deeper dependence upon Him, and to prepare us for this new chapter of journeying with you in following Jesus.
After sixteen years in NYC, Becca and I, and our kids, look forward to calling Champaign-Urbana “home.” Thank you leaders and voting members of TCBC for earnestly desiring God’s will in this process. And thank you to everyone who calls TCBC their home church. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and my family. We look forward to building with you, walking with you, and rooting ourselves with you in the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Meet Bryan and the Scotts
Pastor Bryan Scott brings over 20 years of experience in pastoral leadership and campus ministry. He most recently served as an associate pastor of Every Nation Church, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic congregation in New York City. There he led several ministries while developing staff and lay leaders. Prior to that as a campus ministry director, he launched a college ministry and reached students from many nations and over 30 campuses in NYC.
Bryan began his vocational ministry as a college ministry staff at King’s Park International Church in Durham, N.C., serving students at Duke University with a focus on evangelism and discipleship.
A native of North Carolina from near Winston-Salem, Bryan earned a degree in philosophy from Duke University in 1999. This summer, he will complete a Master of Biblical Studies degree program from Reformed Theological Seminary in New York City, where his professors have included Tim Keller.
Bryan and his wife, Becca, relocated from Harlem with their four children, Josiah (11), Abigail (9), Madeline (5), and Solomon (2). He enjoys sports, music, games, drawing, coaching Little League, and watching British baking shows.
In 1999, I started as a campus missionary at Duke. I moved to New York City in 2004 to pioneer a college ministry with a church plant, Every Nation NYC, which was established in response to the tragedy of 9/11. We found a new openness to the gospel there. Now, we find ourselves in a new national and global moment of a pandemic, tragedy, and cries for justice. From this, I believe new doors will open for gospel transformation and renewal. As the “God of all comfort” comforted us then and now with hope in Christ, it has prepared us to lead TCBC to be agents of Jesus’ comfort and hope in Champaign-Urbana (2 Cor 1:3-4).
By God’s grace, our college ministry reached students from 30+ universities and colleges in and around NYC, including Columbia, NYU, St. John’s, and Rutgers. My responsibilities steadily grew both within the campus ministry and the church, as I became the NYC City Director and the Northeast Regional Director for ENC. In 2012, I joined the pastoral senior leadership team. Since then, I held several job titles at the senior level. I have also overseen ministry directors and led teams from essentially every ministry in the church, having served as an associate pastor, executive pastor, discipleship pastor, marriage and family ministry director, and pastor of ministries.
In 2016, I began studying part-time at Reformed Theological Seminary in NYC. Adding a robust, Christ-centered theological training in an urban setting has been a tremendous blessing to my walk with God and my ministry, highlights of which include studying under Dr. Tim Keller in Pastoral Theology and Christianity in a Secular Culture.
I’m looking forward to the next step of the journey, and I believe God has called me to lead TCBC. The dynamic of TCBC resonates with me, not just because of proximity to campus, but also your heart for the community, diversity, and internationals. My wife, Becca, and I both believe full-heartedly that God has specifically prepared us in our marriage, family, and ministry to lead TCBC, and we are looking forward to TCBC’s bright future.
Becca is half-Korean and half-Caucasian (her dad is originally from North Korea), and I am African-American. We have four beautiful children, and our family represents the ethnic reconciliation possible through the gospel and in the body of Christ. Through our marriage, we have seen the Lord break down walls in our own families. We have also learned a new trust in the Lord after our youngest daughter survived a severe health scare one year ago. We rejoice now that she is healthy and growing strong.
Some of our happiest times as a family are playing games, sports, reading together, or having family dance parties. From what we know already about you, we know our family will thrive at TCBC!
- Led ministry directors, staff, teams and Sunday service ministries in a multi-ethnic, multi-generational medium-size urban church; oversaw and led small groups, leaders, and directors.
- Trained and developed staff and lay leaders; taught and wrote curriculum for discipleship classes.
- Discipled and pastored families, singles, and students.
College Student Pastor EVERY NATION NYC CHURCH | NEW YORK, N.Y. (2004-2020)
- Pioneered city-wide urban college ministry and developed diverse college student community within local church.
- Pastored students. Campus ministry role included preaching, teaching, and vision casting.
- Trained and raised up college ministry staff, volunteers, and student leaders. Led small groups and evangelistic outreaches on 15 NYC college campuses.
- Ministered to students from 30+ NYC campuses — including Columbia, NYU, and St. John’s — from 30+ nations of origin. Organized city-wide student events. Chaplaincy experiences with Columbia University football, and women’s basketball.
- Raised personal financial support team.
College Ministry Staff KING’S PARK INTERNATIONAL CHURCH | Durham, N.C. (1999-2003)
- Served on college ministry staff in a large, multi-ethnic, multi-generational suburban church.
- Served on staff at Duke University in diverse campus ministry. Roles included preaching, discipleship, evangelism, and events. Ministered to internationals and athletes.
- Raised personal financial support team.