Scott Whitford became the new Lead Pastor at Parkview Alliance Church on October 10 of this year. He has been spending the past few months getting to know the community while waiting to sell his house in Stettler, where he and his family have lived for 15 years. As a pastor of over 20 years, his mission is simple: “Inspiring people into a growing relationship with Jesus.”
After COVID lockdowns, Whitford found himself trying to figure out the best way to help his community and was surprised that the response to his prayers was to hand the baton off to someone else and try something new. Through prayer and conversation, he and the Parkview congregation found a good fit for what the church and the community seemed to need.
Whitford maintains an open-door policy, saying he loves getting to know people and what makes them tick. He believes everyone is made in God’s image and deserves respect and inherent dignity, saying, “The biggest impact we can make is person to person.” His focus is on community and building intentional relations.
In addition to leading the pastoral team at Parkview, Whitford has been working on a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership in which he seeks to entwine personal growth and community-based purpose. One of his biggest dreams is “for people to experience the reality of a deeper life that we’re meant to live,” discovering what God wants for them rather than what God wants from them.
Whitford is passionate about his work, saying, “I get front-row seats to the greatest show on Earth. I get to see people’s lives transformed. I think it’s the most sacred space to be in, to help people grow into the roles they’ve been placed in.”
Parkview Alliance Church will be hosting a special Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 4:30 p.m., and Whitford extends the invitation for anyone interested to join.