Edward Scott Sholar
My relationship with Christ began on May 27, 1975. I gave my heart to Jesus at the age of twelve, and my life has not been the same. Jesus changed me from a rebellious preacher’s kid into something that He could receive glory. The old had passed away in my life, and “all things had become new.”
Since that time, God has been so good to me. He has shown me that He will always be my best friend. Although there have been some tough times over the last thirty-six years, Jesus has always helped me to overcome any challenge, crisis or trial.
Also, since that time, Jesus has baptized me with His Spirit, and He has continued to mold me and shape me. God has given me the privilege of attending two Christian colleges which has been a great benefit in my Christian walk. Warner Southern College and Tomlinson College are the afore-mentioned schools, and they have given me a solid foundation which helped me through the Biblical training at Asbury Theological Seminary.
I have been privileged to have been given a family heritage of Pentecostal preachers (specifically Church of God and Church of God of Prophecy). My great-grandfather, Fred Tugman, was a Church of God minister and church planter in the 1920′s through the 1940′s, and he was also the first manager or caretaker of Fields of the Wood in Murphy, NC. My grandfather, Clement Lynch, was the state bishop of North Carolina for the Church of God of Prophecy from 1948 to 1959 and state bishop of Florida for the same denomination from 1959 until his death in 1965. My father, Gene Sholar, was also a minister in the Church of God of Prophecy for over thirty years. He served as pastor in both Florida and North Carolina, and he also served that denomination in state positions as well.
The main motivation for my preparing for ministry would be the fulfillment of the “Great Commission.” Spreading the gospel is what Jesus told us to do, and I want to be obedient to the Lord. There is no greater work than that of carrying the good news of salvation.
My parents, Gene and Marguerite Sholar, have been a fundamental influence in my life for ministry as well. The example that they have lived before my brother and myself has been invaluable. Two other motivating factors are Robin Cox, former pastor of evangelism, Calvary Assembly, Winter Park, FL and my relationship with Pastor Phil Waisanen, small groups pastor at Faith Assembly of God, Orlando, FL. My wife, Lou Ann Sholar (the love of my life), has been a constant source of support and blessing.
My understanding of Christian ministry consists of the knowledge of Jesus’ command to spread the gospel. Bringing the truth of Jesus’ saving grace to the nations is not an option. Also, taking care of His sheep and making disciples of all nations is another reason for Christian ministry.
Christian ministry is also about reaching a lost world with the message of hope, salvation and forgiveness through a risen Lord. The fact that we should be showing the love of Jesus to a world that is dying both spiritually and physically is so vitally important as well.
Other reasons for Christian ministry are servanthood and doing the work of the Kingdom. The Bible talks about taking care of the “widows and orphans” and differing means of giving of oneself. Jesus was the ultimate example of being a servant, and we are to pattern our lives after Him.