Scott Griffin, Ruling Elder from the Presbytery of the Pacific, was elected Moderator of the EPC’s 36th General Assembly on June 22 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich. The vote was unanimous.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as your Moderator,” Griffin said. “I am so excited to be elected at Ward Church, because Ward is an anchor of the EPC. And as I think about our theme this week—Renewed—my prayer this week is that through God, we will be renewed together.”
Griffin has been active in denominational life for many years. He was a Ruling Elder for First EPC of Kent, Wash.(now New Hope Presbyterian Church), when the congregation joined the EPC in 1987, and has served the Presbytery of the West, the Presbytery of the Pacific, and several General Assembly committees. He has represented the Presbytery of the Pacific on the EPC Committee on Administration for the past four years.
Bill Enns, Teaching Elder from the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, noted in his seconding speech that he and Griffin were elected to the Committee on Administration together in 2012. “We had no idea that God was getting ready to do something unique in our denomination. Jeff Jeremiah told the 2013 General Assembly that he believed that the influx of churches was ending and we needed to discern what God had next for the EPC. Scott was at the center of every step of that process, which we now know as ‘Transfer to Transformation’ and our four strategic initiatives.”
In addition to his EPC service, Griffin has been on the greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee; the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Board; and the Advisory Board for the Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government, and Economics. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University.
He retired as a senior executive of the Boeing Company in 2007, and since has been actively involved in providing pro bono consulting and coaching to nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) boards.
Griffin is a graduate of Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif., and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in Seattle and a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. He also has attended executive programs at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
He and his wife, Mary, are natives of Fresno, Calif. They both grew up at First Presbyterian Church of Fresno, and their mentors were Dr. Homer Goddard and Dr. Paul Pierson.
The Griffins have been married since 1976 and have three adult children and two grandchildren.