Meet The Pastor
Reverend John R. Scotland
A former resident of Pittsburgh, PA, Reverend John R. Scotland began serving the Community Presbyterian Church congregation in June of 1991. Prior to moving to Brigantine, John served at the First United Presbyterian Church of Allegheny on the north side of Pittsburgh where he was the Associate Pastor for the congregation and Associate Director of its Neighborhood Community House (1981-1990). Reverend Scotland also served as the Interim Director of the Presbyterian Health Education and Welfare Association and was the Associate for Social Welfare Organizations for the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisville Kentucky (1990-1991).
Reverend Scotland’s formal education includes the College of Wooster in Ohio where he majored in Urban Studies (1977), a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary majored in Ethics (1981), the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work major in Community Organizing (1981), postgraduate degree work at Rutgers University Bloustein School of Public Policy (2001-2005).
Reverend Scotland’s ministry on the community level is a blessing for many as he leads by example. His involvements include being a founding member and Board Member of the Atlantic City Presbyterian Mission Council (1992-2008), President of the Board for The Friends of Jean Webster (1995-present), supports Jean Webster’s Kitchen in Atlantic City, serves on the Mission Committee of the Presbytery of West Jersey (2002-present), co-established the True Spirit Coalition in Brigantine.
John Scotland married Anne Baird (a Wooster couple!) in 1980. John and Anne are the parents of four wonderful daughters, and family values are held in the highest regards.
Reverend Scotland is an avid reader with various interests including family activities such as getaway vacations to New Hampshire, boating, sailing, skiing, and games of all sorts (including Bridge and Sudoku).
We invite you to learn more about the ministries Reverend Scotland supports within the pages of this website.