To help us navigate the challenges of the pandemic, Rev. Scott Marrese-Wheeler will be serving FPC as a Parish Associate. In this role he will be working with Deacons and Care Teams over the next few months to help us organize care to ensure that we are not missing anyone in our regular check-ins, and by working to equip and coordinate those who are interested in further work to care for members of our church. He will also be helping us as we move into outreach to visitors and friends who are joining us online, but not already part of our church community. Please note that Pastor Kathleen’s Pastoral Care work is not changing. If you have a Pastoral Care need please call Kathleen. Pastor Scott’s work is focused on the additional layer of check-ins and care needed as we all navigate this crisis together.
Rev. Scott Marrese-Wheeler also serves as the part-time pastor at Oakland-Cambridge Presbyterian Church. Prior to his serving OCPC, he served the Parkside congregation on the East Side of Madison, helping them with the difficult decision to close their congregation. He has also served Presbyterian congregations in Illinois (Peotone), Indianapolis (Northminster), Union Presbyterian Church (Monroe), FPC (Marshfield), FPC (Clinton) and St. Paul’s Lutheran (Mayville). While in Monroe, he led youth trips to Montreat, which inspired FPC Oregon to attend the Montreat Youth Conferences as well. In addition to serving with the people in Cambridge, Scott has been an educator, working for the McFarland School District at the middle and high schools. At school he is known as MDubs (Marrese-Wheeler to Mr. M-W to MDubs). He is also working with Gunderson Funeral Home as a Service Associate. His spouse, Staci, is a Moravian minister. She serves the Glenwood and Lakeview Moravian congregations in Madison. They have a son, Sam, who is a junior at Lawrence University in Appleton.
Due to the supporting role of his work, Pastor Scott will primarily interact with Deacons and Care Team Leaders. Many of you may not have the opportunity to interact with him directly. However, he will occasionally film prayers and parts of our worship services. A great way to get to know Scott is through his regular “Meditations from the Meadow.” Pastor Scott began this series of meditations in March and has continued to offer them as part of his ministry with Oakland-Cambridge Presbyterian Church and the McFarland community. We will be sharing these reflections regularly on our Facebook page, you can look for them there. Below are direct links to a couple of the recent reflections.