Eric Alan Scott was a middle child born into a middle class family in the middle of a city in the middle of a state in the middle of the country in the middle of the night in the middle of the week in the middle of the year in the middle of a century.
He remains by every measure an everyday middle-of-the-road American soul.
With degrees in Biology, Business Administration, and Theology from major institutions, and formal training in counseling and management, there aren’t many people he can’t relate to, or many academics or professionals he can’t comfortably converse and contend with.
He has been a celebrated athlete, scholar, entrepreneur and pastor. He has also been a source of major disappointment and known his share of failure. Like the apostle Paul, in his later years Eric humbly submits, “I have won and lost. I have been exalted and abased. I have dined in castles and gone hungry in dungeons. I’ve been respected and despised. Yet, I count all things insignificant against the pursuit and privilege of coming to know and understand the Christ of the Bible.”
Before Eric’s second birthday, his father died serving as a fighter pilot in the final stages of the Korean War. Eric’s mother was devastated by her loss and fell into severe chronic alcohol abuse. In her effort to cope, she dragged her young children from church to church and explored mystic religions searching for God and looking for answers.
During his formative years Eric was exposed to a wide range of institutional religions that included various Christian denominations and even occult practices, many of which he came to revere, some of which he came to fear, but none of which he accepted as divinely authoritative based on the sum of his exposures. More recently he discovered his Jewish ancestry. Eric firmly ascribes to the notion that there is a distinct and crucial difference between personal faith and institutional religion, asserting that faith is what a given person genuinely believes and religion is how people express whatever faith they choose to adhere to.
At the age of eleven, Eric was deeply moved when he heard his mother and his older sister screaming at each other as he stood in the driveway under the kitchen window of their duplex. Gazing through tears into the star-filled night sky he began to plead with God. “Enough,” he prayed aloud. “Please God, If you’re up there, pour your wrath on me and let me suffer whatever it takes for as long as it takes to set those I love with all my heart free from this constant recurring bondage of suffering and pain.”
A sobering chill enveloped and penetrated him. He stopped crying and began to comprehend the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ in a way that was quite simplistic, though very perplexing and complex. Lacking supervision, instruction and accountability, Eric drifted into selfish pursuits of pleasure, possession, and prominence as all of us ultimately do in accordance with our carnal nature.
Agnostic and willfully defiant in college, Eric ran off his beer ingestion as a middle-distance runner on his cross-country and track team. He met and married his college sweetheart, Diana, who was an ACUI national champion bowler, a strict Southern Baptist, and the prettiest girl he’d ever met. Over 45 years of marriage, they raised two beautiful daughters and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren.
While studying microbiology at OSU, Eric was exposed to a multi-year study of fruit fly genetics in the early days of DNA and chromosome research. Nationally renowned professor Dr. Robert Freeman headed the project and received broad academic acclaim. That work and a trip to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium to view a depiction of the night sky from 5BC to 2BC entitled “Bethlehem Star” set Eric on a lifelong pursuit of Biblical truth from a scientific and historical perspective.
With degrees in biological science and business administration Eric enjoyed a successful career in sales, marketing, and junior management in the field of chemical water purification with two Fortune 100 companies before going to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as a 38 year old student with a family of four to support.
As a pastor Eric was awarded the distinguished Pace Setter Award from the Baptist General Convention of Texas three times and was recognized by the Billy Graham Association twice for outstanding evangelistic performance. He served as Moderator over 118 churches in his local association of Southern Baptists, was elected to the Executive Board that governed his state convention, and presided for years over an interdenominational ministers’ alliance that included clergy from several denominations.
Eric and Diana invested their retirement funds in a small restaurant that hosts book clubs and Bible studies as well as civic groups and special personal and family occasions several times every week. Eric enjoys teaching, writing, and conversing with a wide variety of people. He routinely strikes up conversations about religion and politics with total strangers who not only engage but often become friends because of his openness, candor, acceptance, and broad range of interests.
Eric believes the Bible is a divinely inspired account of the mystery of human life both physically and, more importantly, spiritually. His life and his works are a reflection of that core belief.