Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke

The Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke will share about unceasing prayer with the Lakeside community at the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 4 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon, “Persistently Praying for Justice,” is based on Luke 18:1-8.

Prior to being appointed to Superintendent of the Maumee Watershed District in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) in 2015, the Rev. Dr. Ocke held positions at several churches, including Marysville First UMC; Grace UMC; the former Hedges Chapel, now called Village Chapel UMC in Ashville; and nine years as the Lead Pastor at Maumee UMC, where he was the Chair of the District Leadership Team.

The Rev. Dr. Ocke first felt his call to ministry at his childhood church of First UMC in his hometown of Sidney, Ohio. It was to this church that he returned as a student pastor and deacon while in seminary.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and then worked in the health care industry for seven years. He went back to school and earned his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

Currently, the Rev. Dr. Ocke serves on the West Ohio Conference Board of Ministry, the West Ohio Pension & Benefits Board, Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and as Spiritual Director for several Walk to Emmaus communities.

In his position as Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Ocke provides administrative and spiritual guidance for 103 congregations in the Maumee Watershed District.

He holds a deep passion for mission work. He has participated in mission trips abroad at a Methodist camp in Sierra Linda, Mexico and Camphor Mission Station in Liberia. Within the U.S., the Rev. Dr. Ocke has worked with Henderson Settlement in Kentucky, as well as locally in South Toledo.

While serving at the Maumee UMC, he led a church-wide effort to complete a Family Life Center to develop new ministries for the church and community. The Rev. Dr. Ocke and his wife, Mary, have four children who are all active members of the UMC where they live.

The Lakeside Chautauqua gates are open for the worship service, and no admission or parking fees are required.

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