Rev. Scott Hauser
First Presbyterian Church
Scott has served for five years as pastor and head of staff of this medium-sized congregation located less than a block from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania campus. In this role, he does "the things I learned to do at Second: preaching and teaching, providing pastoral care, collaborating with staff members, officiating weddings and funerals, and being invited into the most difficult, wonderful, intimate moments of people's lives. Settings change, but the blessed work of walking alongside people as they seek to follow Christ transcends geography, social setting and church size."
First Presbyterian has strong local and global mission programs. The congregation established a partnership with Early Head Start that welcomes mothers and their very young children into the church and connects them with the resources they need. The church also supports an organization in Kyenjojo, Uganda that has built a medical center, primary school and system to provide safe water to both facilities.
Lara and Scott have three children, Simon (age 8), Jackson (age 6) and Lillie (age 4).
"I remember being terrified, preaching a Good Friday sermon to a congregation that included Dr. Enright, Dr. Galloway, Dr. Bowden, Rev. Hunter, Rev. Berry and Rev. Lang."
He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and the University of Louisville School of Business.
Rev. Mike Samson
The Presbyterian Church
Westfield, New Jersey
As Associate Pastor of Congregational Life at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey, Mike oversees Deacons, small groups, pastoral care, fellowship outreach and welcome, and senior ministries.
Mike has been a leader in a weekly support group for individuals who lost jobs after the stock market crash in 2008. He says, "For several years this group has given spiritual, emotional, and professional support for those searching for work. The Holy Spirit has used this group in fantastic ways."
He and his wife Kelly have two boys, Matthew (age 3) and Luke (infant).
"A favorite memory of my time at Second is when members from the church's young adults group gave a stellar presentation to the strategic planning committee, indicating the opportunity and need for investment in young adults (20s and 30s) ministries at Second. The group joyfully and skillfully shared their prayerful vision to strategically invite their ubiquitous unchurched peers into the church's fellowship."Rev. Mike Samson is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.