The Rev. Scott Buckhout – Curate


ScottBuckhoutI grew up in Northern Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati). My parents and my two younger brothers still live in that area. I love “going home” to visit.

I graduated from Davidson College in NC in 2007 with a degree in political science. It was there I met some of my best and lifelong friends. It is where my relationship with Jesus became real. I used to say I would have gone back for another four years but having gone to seminary, I’m good now.

In 2007, I moved to the DC area to be a part of the Falls Church Fellows program. I came to Restoration on its first Sunday (January 18, 2009), and I haven’t really left since.

I’ve felt a nudge to ordained ministry since high school, but spent a lot of time avoiding it. In 2013, I went through a season of deep soul searching. I emerged in a Restoration discernment team led by Louise Brooks and some faithful friends and was given a great vision for following these nudges and calls I was experiencing.

In 2016, I moved up to Massachusetts to get an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and I wasn’t sure I would ever come back. But each summer, I received an invitation to come back to worship and work with Restoration.

In January 2020, I started at Restoration as a curate, and I am so grateful to be back (again).

Things I love:

Skyline Chili (first stop when I am in Cincinnati)
District Taco – The Golden Sombrero = breakfast, lunch, and dinner all from DT. Nothing beats it, don’t @ me.
Steak grilled on a wood fire

Golf. It’s my family’s pastime. My grandma taught me how to play when I was 3, and I haven’t stopped. If I am driving past a golf course, I will slow down and stare. It can be a little dangerous.

The National Mall in the summer. Softball, kickball, and flag football games. Reading and journaling in the morning on the back of the Lincoln Memorial facing the Potomac. Sunset runs while the Marine Corps band is playing a concert on the Capitol steps.

Davidson basketball. Stephen Curry was a freshman when I was a senior in college. He came to my Christmas sweater party. The next year he took Davidson to the Elite Eight and made it so much easier for me to interview for jobs in DC.

Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati Bengals. It’s good to stay humble.

Bananagrams. The perfect length, flexibility, and creativity for a game.

The best conversations come when I can also toss a ball, go for a walk, or stare at a fire.

I am usually reading (or re-reading) something from Henri Nouwen, NT Wright, Eugene Peterson, and Frederick Buechner. I love the Psalms and the gospel of John. They give me the vocabulary to pray when I don’t know what to say.

I have been a part of a men’s group of some sort since I was a freshman in high school. I can’t imagine life without groups like this. It’s the best place to be known, to be encouraged, to take courageous steps of transformation. I love the way God works through them.

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