Bob Scott, 95, longtime minister in the Midwest, dies (more news briefs)


Robert A. “Bob” Scott95, of Joplin, Mo., who served in ministry in Christian churches for decades, died September 19, 2022. Mr. Scott is the father of Mark Scott, who writes our weekly Look for Bible Lessons, plus four other sons: Dan, Phil, Tom, and Tim. He also leaves to mourn his wife Denise. Mr Scott was predeceased by Cecil, his wife of 74 years.

A 1950 graduate of Ozark Bible College, he received his master’s degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1956. He has held student ministries in Texas and Kansas, and pastoral ministries in Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. He helped start and served for 39 years as director of Christian Evangelistic Mission, which starts new churches in Iowa. In 1987, he received both the Seth Wilson Outstanding Alumnus Award from Ozark and the Outstanding Servant Leadership Award from the Iowa Christian Convention. He served on the Minnesota Bible College board of trustees from 1960 to 1967.

Services for Mr. Scott were held Sept. 23 at Park Plaza Christian Church in Joplin, where Mark Scott is chief minister; his five sons officiated. Interment took place at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozark Christian College to the attention of Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, who took care of the arrangements. (A complete obituary is available here.)

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News in brief

Restaurant Appreciation Week the events are scheduled for October 18 and 21 at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich.

At 11 a.m. next Tuesday at the Doty Center, Dr. Esther Hetrick will talk about “Harmony by the Book: Restoration for a New Generation”. Dr. Hetrick grew up in the Independent Christian Church/Church of Christ branch of the Restoration Movement. Since 1989, she has taught music and worship classes and conducted choirs and ensembles while serving on the faculty of the GLCC.

At 11 a.m. next Friday, Dr John Mark Hicks will speak on “Defining the Marks of the Church: Acts 2:42 and Restorationism”. Dr. Hicks has taught full-time in higher education at the Churches of Christ since 1982; he is currently professor of theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He has written, co-written, edited or contributed to over 40 books.

RSVPs are demand. Live streaming of both presentations begins at 11:15 a.m. A free lunch is included on Fridays.

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Lincoln Christian University will host a Midwest Ministers Retreat on October 24 and 25 featuring JK Jones, Jim Estep, Fred Johnsonand Bobbie Schäperkötter. The retreat is designed to energize, encourage and provide practical information to preachers and ministry personnel so that they are better equipped in their ministry roles. This year’s theme is “Restart”. The cost is $30, with lunch and dinner provided. Learn more and register at

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Point Universityoriginally known as Atlanta Christian College (and located in East Point, Ga.), will mark 10 years at its West Point, Ga. campus during Homecoming weekend Oct. 21-22. All graduates are encouraged to attend.

On Fridays, guests can enjoy campus tours followed by lunch honoring alumni 25 and 50 years ago. The lunch having been canceled for two years due to COVID-19, alumni of the 1970-72 and 1995-97 classes are invited to attend.

On Friday evening, a Homecoming concert at the Scott Fine Arts Center will take place at 6 and 8 p.m. During the concerts, the SFAC recital hall will be dedicated to the memory of vicky Kindt HuxfordClass of 1973.

On Saturday morning, alumni are invited to visit Ram Stadium in Valley, Alabama. The Skyhawk football team will face Union College at noon. At halftime, the name of the new university mascot will be revealed.

More information and registration available at

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The Iowa City Church found a long-term hangout while working to recover and rebuild after lightning sparked a fire that destroyed their building in late June. The church will meet at 10 a.m. every Sunday at the Graduate Hall for the foreseeable future, according to a report from the Press-Citizen. The church met on Saturday at the River Community Church. Reconstruction at the site where the fire occurred will likely take 18 months to two years.

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Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, e2: efficient elders and Mount Gilead Christian Church (Mooresville, Ind.) welcomed more than 225 people from 9 states to “Lead Well: With One Another,” an annual conference for partner church elders, church staff, and their spouses. The gathering featured keynote speaker Mark Mooreauthor of Core 52: A Fifteen Minute Daily Guide to Building Your Biblical IQ in a Year. Thirteen workshops were also offered on topics such as human sexuality, progressive Christianity, marriage health, and church cybersecurity.

Next year’s Lead Well Conference is scheduled for March 24-25 at MGCC with a keynote speaker Bob Russell. The next conference is open to all church leaders.

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In the spring of 2023, William Jessup University in Rocklin, California, will launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Jen Millarwho has over 30 years of nursing experience, will lead the program.

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Hopwood Memorial Christian Church will host a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to “Quilts Under Stained Glass”. Handmade quilted items and crafts will be on sale in the church foyer. The money raised will go to the church building fund, the Elizabethton Star reported. The church is located next to Milligan University.

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