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Profiles in Goodwill: Scott Stearman

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Scott Stearman is pastor of Metro Baptist Church of New York City and represents the Baptist World Alliance and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at the United Nations, where he leads the Human Rights Cluster of the NGO Major Group and is on the bureau of the NGO Committee of Freedom of Religion or Belief.

  • Where did you grow up?

Guthrie, Oklahoma.

  • What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).

It’s hopeful, redemptive and it includes a feast! 

  • What is your favorite movie? Why?

“As Good as it Gets.”

It’s a perfect love story about imperfect people (which is everyone, hence every real love story) – and plus it’s set in the greatest city in the world (New York City)!

  • Who are three people you admire?

Jimmy Carter; Traci Blackmon, a pastor from Ferguson, Missouri, and justice minister for the United Church of Christ; and Cecelia Stearman, my wife.

  • What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I have a very hard time choosing whether to listen to Jonas Kaufmann (the great Wagnerian tenor) or George Jones (the country legend).