Associate Pastor Francis-David A. Scalzo Biography
Francis-David was ordained on February 9th, 2020 and appointed to the position of Associate Pastor in a ceremony at Shear-Jashub Christian Tabernacle.  However, his service to the church started well before that.  Baptized as an infant into the faith of his parents and raised from childhood in the church, at 13 years old Francis-David fully accepted the Lord Jesus and gave his life to Him. In September of 2010 he was baptized as an adult at the Madison Town Beach at East Wharf.  Since then, he has been a key influence on the church's music.  Trained since childhood as a classical violinist, Francis was educated at Community Music School where he rose to first chair at the Connecticut CMS String Ensemble Orchestra.  Appointed in 2011 as Minister of Music at Shear-Jashub, he shared that talent with the congregation each week, leading the worship.
 
But it is primarily his scholastic abilities--his knowledge of the Scriptures and his study of Christian history, coming from his deep love of the Lord Jesus--that have been a wonderful help for his father, Pastor Greg Scalzo.  Since his acceptance of the Lord, Francis-David has had a hunger for the things of the Bible.  Early on Pastor Greg was able to trust him to accurately deal with questions that arose in the church Bible studies. His familiarity with the things of the Lord and the wealth of information he retained were well beyond his years.
Francis-David's academic accomplishments have been impressive.  On his high school's Honor Roll regularly, he graduated from Abeka Academy with a 4.1 GPA.  On graduation he received the Academic Honors Award, the Academic Achievement Award, and the 2014 President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence signed by President Obama. He was also granted membership into the National Society of High School Scholars.
A Dean's List student in college, Francis-David graduated in May of 2018 Magna Cum Laude from Regent University with his BA in Biblical & Theological Studies and a minor in Information Systems. His overall GPA was 3.96 but he was a straight 4.0 in his Biblical major.
He then was accepted into Regent University's School of Divinity pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical languages.  At the time of this writing, Francis-David is well into his final year of this seminary course of study which should be completed in December 2020, and once again he has a straight 4.0 GPA.  His plan is to continue on in his Biblical studies to receive his doctorate. Unlike many of today's "scholars," Francis believes deeply in receiving guidance from the Lord and constantly seeks, in humility and submission, the Holy Spirit's leading.
 
Even before his ordination, Francis-David assisted the pastor many times in biblical research for the church, and his growing knowledge of Biblical Greek and Hebrew has been a great asset, bringing an added depth to the church's teaching ministry.  Some of his scholarly writings are featured on the Article section of the church website, and his undergraduate paper analyzing homeschooling has received the most visits of any page.  Francis-David assisted regularly with the church's Bibles studies, filled in for Pastor Greg at Sunday service and led several of the interactive Sunday studies.
Francis-David's clear strength is his intelligence and academic abilities, which combined with His love of the Lord and knowledge of the Scriptures, point to a powerful teaching ministry in his future.  And since his appointment as Associate Pastor, that ministry has accelerated.  In this new volunteer position, Pastor Francis-David has begun researching, writing and delivering sermons, providing Pastor Greg with a needed pause at least one Sunday each month.  Moreover, when the unforeseen happened and the coronavirus hit forcing the church to shut down, Francis was a key part of the team that jumped into action to make sure the congregation had regular Sunday messages with the new YouTube channel project.  And he has delivered multiple messages on that channel.  You can go to the channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWxmdJ6UsoejR27m_B4D83g
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The call of God on Francis-David's life has been evident from the very beginning and gifts of the Holy Spirit have been manifested in his walk with the Lord.  Pastor Greg comments, "One of the inspiring things I have had the privilege to watch is his determination to overcome a mild speech impediment which he had from childhood. Because of his love of the Lord and his desire to preach His Word, Francis worked diligently for years with his speech therapist making the impediment now barely noticeable.  His professionalism, determination, and godliness and his deep faith in Jesus, as well as his commitment to be accurate in his message and present only the truth of Scripture, make him well suited for the position of Associate Pastor."
"But more than knowledge and ability, it is Francis-David's kind heart and his love of the Lord which is displayed in his care for others that most indicates his Christian maturity.  Often I have had people tell me that Francis-David's attitude is so refreshing and so different from the majority of his generation.  His gentleness and concern is appreciated by all who know him."
The church fellowship of Shear-Jashub Christian Tabernacle welcomes Pastor Francis-David to the church's ministry staff.  With his ordination as the Associate Pastor, the members and ministry partners are confident that the church will be in a solid position to move forward in God's plan.