The Rev. Scott Buckhout

Associate Rector

I 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 moved to the DC area to be a part of the Falls Church Fellows program and worked in politics, government, and consulting for the next 8 years. I came to Restoration on its first Sunday (January 18, 2009) and have been part of this community ever since.

I’ve felt a nudge to ordained ministry since high school. In 2013, I went through a season of deep soul searching. Restoration invited me into discernment process led by Louise Brooks and some faithful friends that resulted in vision for the priesthood and pastoral ministry.

In the fall of 2016, I moved up to Massachusetts to get a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where I also met my wife Shannon. We got married at Restoration in an intimate (pandemic style) 23 person ceremony and had our reception in the parking lot!

We live in South Arlington, near the Walter-Reed Community Center. We love good conversations, good coffee, cooking good food together, and long walks.

I can’t wait to meet you and hear more about you!

Things I love:

Skyline Chili, Graeter’s Ice Cream – first stop when I am in Cincinnati.

Arlington Faves. Currently, it’s Ruthie’s All Day, Compass Coffee, District Taco, and Bangkok 54.

Seltzer – I consume about 3-5 cans a day. Is that a lot?

Steak grilled on a wood fire (okay that’s enough food…)

Golf. It’s my family’s pastime. My grandma taught me how to play when I was 3, and I haven’t stopped. If you ever wondered how I spend my days off, now you know…

Sports and being outside. Baseball. Basketball. Football. Games on the National Mall in the summer. 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. Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati Bengals. 

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

The Psalms and the Gospel of John. They give me the vocabulary to pray when I don’t know what to say.

I love small groups. I have been a part of a small group Bible study 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. God always seems to work in my life through them.