Bethel United Methodist Church welcomed Pastor Florene (Flo) Scott as its new pastor on August 1, 2017, following the retirement of long-time pastor Gary Wilson. Before coming to Peoria, her last assignment was Directing Pastor of Greenville UMC Church in Greenville, IL, where she also was Chaplain for Illinois State Police Unit 14, and the Bond County Department of Health.
She became an Ordained Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference in 2009, although she has been a practicing minister since 2000. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO; a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL; and an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Lincoln Land Community College, in Springfield, IL. She currently serves on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Bishop’s Relational Ethics Committee, Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, the Illinois River District Committee on Ministry Nominations, and many others. She is now Chaplain for Central Illinois State Police Unit 8.
Pastor Flo remembers becoming open to the reality of Christ as a young girl. She and her sister and their friends always played church. She believes God was tugging at her heart-strings, even then. Since there were no women mentors around at that time, she took the long route to fully accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. However, once her faith in God was cemented, and she became obedient to His word, she became a fervent and faithful servant.
“The Scriptures have profoundly transformed my life, so my passion is to ignite that same fire in others, by preaching and teaching God’s Holy Word. Instead of lobbying for the Illinois General Assembly, I now lobby for Jesus, and his Assembly of Angels!” She’d like her new faith community in Peoria to know that she is ‘an ordinary woman, whose purpose is to glorify God, and serve God’s people’.