Dear Friends of Albany Presbytery,

I want to thank you all for your friendship and care in my brief yet enjoyable 4-year sojourn in Albany Presbytery. As I write this, I am unpacking boxes in our new home in Scarborough, Maine as my wife Heidi is working at one of Maine Medical Center’s regional hospitals in Norway, ME.

I have nearly completed the process of transferring my membership to the Presbytery of Northern New England, and am pursuing some ministry opportunities in some nearby Congregational Churches. Until that occurs, I am working on my golf game, if the snow ever melts!

During my recent walks on Pine Point Beach, I have gratefully reflected upon the privilege of coming alongside the folks in Brunswick and Ballston Spa and it is great to see them both fulfilling their calling in ministry and mission in their communities and the world.

And as I look back on my time with you all in AP, my hope for you is that you realize how blessed you are with a staff that is dedicated to the Lord and this piece of the Body of Christ in Albany. In addition, I encourage you to act swiftly in your work of completing a staffing model for the presbytery. Yup, just do it!

Will you please everyone? No. Yet that’s not the point.

The point is to create a model that ably carries out the functions of a presbytery and above it all creates a community of congregations that seeks to worship God, grow in Christ, and serve through the Spirit.

I look forward to hearing from across the miles how you are moving forward with hope and joy, and please stop by and join me for some lobster and a walk on the beach!

Joy and Peace,
Scott DeBlock

About Rev. Dr. Scott DeBlock

A native of northern New Jersey, Scott grew up in the Reformed Church and attended the University of Rochester, Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI and lastly received his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of the Niskayuna Reformed Church for 19 years. While serving in Albany Presbytery, Scott was interim pastor at Brunswick Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa while also serving on various committees. He and his wife Heidi live in Maine. Together they enjoy three grown daughters: Alexandra, Elizabeth, and Madeline. In his spare time he continues his “search for The Authentic Swing on the golf course!”

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