Pastor at Evangelical Methodist steps up to senior role

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Sean Scribner


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, September 9, 2017

As the new senior pastor at Elizabeth City Evangelical Methodist Church, Sean Scribner finds joy in his service to the church.

“We are entering a season of renewal,” said Scribner.

Scribner moved to Elizabeth City in 2013 and served as the church’s associate pastor until this year when he served as interim pastor.

Scribner earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Ohio Christian University and his master’s degree in theology from Wesley Biblical Seminary in Mississippi.

Scribner worked at Wesley Biblical Seminary as director of the online education program before moving to Elizabeth City.

“This region reminds me a lot of home,” said Scribner who is originally from Circleville, Ohio.

“My family and I feel comfortable here.”

Scribner said the former pastor of Elizabeth City Evangelical Methodist Church, Bill Ury, was one of his professors in Mississippi.

“He was a major inspiration for me,” said Scribner. “It was an honor and delight to work with him.”

The church offers Sunday School at 9 a.m. and a Sunday Worship service at 10:15 a.m.

“I preach expository sermons,” said Scribner. “I want to preach God’s word.”

When preparing his sermons, Scribner said he focuses on “the needs of the church.”

“It all starts with praying for a general theory to preach on.”

Scribner said Wednesday nights at the church offer activities for all ages.

“I teach the Wednesday night Bible Study,” said Scribner. “We have a great group of folks who come to that.”

Twice a month the church serves a Family Night Supper on the first and third Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

Scribner said he also offers “spiritual counseling and encouragement.”

One of Scribner’s favorite scriptures is Matthew 6:34.

Scribner said this scripture focuses on the present and not worrying about tomorrow.

Scribner said he participates in the Kairos Prison Ministry and the Pasquotank Ministers’ Council for Education.

Scribner enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their three children, Savannah, Nathan and William.

For more information about services and programs at Elizabeth City Evangelical Methodist Church, visit http://www.ecityemc.org/.