At Nyack College we’re observing Black History Month 2018 by presenting a series of short profiles written by members of our faculty and staff. The features pay homage to an African American individual who inspired and encouraged their faith journey. These personal experiences are illustrations that affirm the widely adopted practice of mentoring in our campus community. These are our four February features.
Name a person who had a significant influence on your faith journey.
Henry Graham Scott (1918-2017), Mentor.
Share how this individual helped shape your life as a Christian.
Reverend Henry Scott has been my spiritual father and mentor all of my teenage years and all of my adult life. My biological father passed away suddenly in 1985. Rev. Scott and my father, James Robertson, were close friends. My dad was a deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church. After the death of my father, I adopted Reverend Scott to be my spiritual father as he continued in the role of mentor.
Every adult decision I have made since the passing of my father, I have consulted with Reverend Scott. He had the gift of encouragement. He would encourage you to have faith, pray, have perseverance, and work hard. He had many quotes that were legendary among his apprentices. One of my favorites is, "I pray about something and then I get up off my knees and help God answer my prayer." I give God thanks for the ministry of nurture and encouragement of Rev. Henry Scott.
Dr. Cleotha Robertson
Assistant Professor Old Testament
Alliance Theological Seminary, New York City