Reverend Dr. John L. Scott, A.B., M. DIV, D. MN
Pastor St. John’s Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. John Luster Scott is a true man of GOD; he is an anointed and appointed Shepherd of St. John’s Baptist Church and life-long Civil Rights leader.
For forty years he has pastored St. John’s Baptist Church where he has made Evangelism and Discipleship the top priority of the Church and has become an integral part of the National Evangelism Movement, seeking to involve every member in the ministry of sharing the love of Christ with the unsaved. Moreover, Dr. Scott has been instrumental in the lives of many clergy, evangelists and lay ministers, licensing over nine persons to the Ministry.
Dr. Scott is an ordinary person whom GOD has chosen to use in His extraordinary plans here on Earth. He has served as Moderator of the United Missionary Baptist Association, covering the regions of Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties. Additionally, he has been actively involved in the community serving as Chairman, Board of Directors of the Bethune Senior Citizen Center; Sponsor, Adopt-A-Block Program with the New York City Police Department; and Co-Chairperson for the Coalition on Community Policing (CCOP) for Upper Westside of Manhattan and was cited by the White House as an example of clergy and police working together. Additionally, Dr. Scott chaired the West Harlem Coalition through the Wilson Major Morris Community Center that sponsored 5 nutrition centers, a Youth Employment Training Program (Y.E.T.P) and the interim lease program through the Housing Preservation Development (H.P.D.). He also organized the first President of Clergy Coalition in the North Bronx against crime and violence.
Dr. Scott has been committed to the Civil Rights struggle his entire life, and has served in many capacities from North Carolina to New York City. He served as President of the Hertfort County NAACP which led the Voter Education Project, War on Poverty and integrated the Hertford County School System , The Roanoke Chowan Hospital, restaurants and motels to name a few. He worked with the late Rev. Dr. W.A. Jones and Rev. Al Sharpton while serving as Executive Secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. While in New York City, Dr. Scott chaired the Social Action Committee against the War in Iraq against the killing of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell. Other Awards that Pastor Scott has received include, The W.A. Jones Social Justice Award by Then National Action Network (NAN), he was inducted into The Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College as a “King Fellow” and he was recently cited as an “Outstanding Alumnus” Achievement Award from New York Theological Seminary. More of Pastor Scott’s Civil Rights history can be read in his book entitled,
“Civil Rights VOICE for the Oppressed, The Story of Rev. John L. Scott”
Pastor Scott is married to the former Minnie Watts of Portsmouth, Virginia. They are the proud parents of three sons, John Scott, Esquire, James Scott, M.D. and Jerome Scott. They are also the doting grandparents of one granddaughter, Cameron Sophia and two grandsons Ethan and James Jr. He continues to be a staunch advocate for the oppressed and marginalized people everywhere.
To God Be The Glory!
Reverend Sherrylyn Denise Womble, known to family and friends as ‘Denise’, is a native of New York City. She is the daughter of Eugene Daniels and Cynthia Womble-Brown and the eldest of three children. A product of the NYC public school system, her thirst for knowledge began at an early age. She always loved school and reading books which resulted in her being on the ARISTA honor roll for several years. The Lord has repeatedly proven Himself to be a way-maker in Rev. Womble’s life. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, having obtained a Bachelor of Arts in majoring in Business Administration (with a Psychology/Law minor) from Baruch College. She graduated from Blanton Peale with a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling. She is currently attaining her next Spiritual and Professional goal concurrently by completing her dual Masters Degrees in Divinity (MDiv) and Social Work (MSW) at NY Theological Seminary and Fordham School of Social Work (respectively).
Being amongst the people of God is not new to Rev. Womble. She accepted Jesus Christ, at St. John’s Baptist Church, at the age of 12. One Sunday morning, Sherrylyn says “the Lord lifted her out of the valley of dry bones the preacher took her hand and she gave Jesus her heart.” She continued her walk attending Sunday school and served in the children and youth choir ministries.
"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15. Rev. Womble was licensed to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in November 1994 and was ordained on November 14, 2010. She continues to serve faithfully as an associate minister and armor bearer to the Pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, Rev. John L. Scott. She is an extremely vital part of the St. John’s Family. She serves as a member of the Board of Christian Education; The Superintendent of the Church School; The Women’s Ministry Co-Chairperson; The Prayer Ministry Coordinator; has graduated from the Evangelism Discipleship Training Program; works as a Christian Basic Training (CBT) and BOCE Instructor; and is a member of the Missionary and Scholarship Ministries.
She cherishes the Word of God is excited about the deep things of God and is a dedicated, compassionate prayer warrior interceding on behalf of those in need of deliverance and sacrificially ministers to the people of God. Faithfulness, humility and Christ-like love characterize the gentle yet powerful spirit of this anointed woman of God. Rev. Womble is not ashamed to rejoice in the Spirit and ‘bless the Lord at all times’, recognizing that her victory lies in the praise. She knows that she is ‘more than a conqueror’ and that it was none other than the Lord who has blessed her with the precious gift of her son, Donnell Womble (now attending college), blessed her as a single parent, blessed her to complete college and strive toward the seminary, and has blessed her in ministry. Rev. Womble prays that The Lord will enlarge her territory through the vision God gave her in establishing and building SDW Healing Ministries and in expanding the ministry of the morning intercessory prayer group she facilitates “Sistah’s of The Spirit”( S.O.S.). Rev. Womble is a living example that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
To God be the Glory!