The “intersection of faith and intellect” – a term used to
describe the interaction of religious belief and academic inquiry – is a
dangerous crossroads for some, a stretch of hazardous travel for others.
But for Phil Scott, senior pastor of Penbrook Church of God
in Harrisburg, Pa., and a proud 1988 graduate of then-Findlay College, the
combined power of the soul and the mind can supercharge a person for a long and
meaningful life journey.
“What my professors at Findlay did was to reinforce a hunger
for learning that is never satisfied and never ends,” Scott said. “In my own
work, I try to model what they taught and how they taught and to incorporate it
into what I do. Our goals are very similar: to equip a generation of
world-changers – that’s what they taught me. I try to pass on a hunger for learning
and the ability to analytically come up with one’s own conclusions so they
don’t have to be spoon-fed all their lives. What my professors modeled for me
is the basis of my own ministry.”