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Scouten, Womack latest to take pulpits in county

August 05, 2000

Scouten, Womack latest to take pulpits in county



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Two ministers have begun work recently in Washington County.

The new pastor of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Hagerstown comes to the pulpit with a wide variety of job experiences.

The Rev. Wesley G. Scouten has a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in geography and international relations.

After completing graduate work at American University in Asian studies and international economics, Scouten taught school.

After several years in New York and Montgomery County schools, he taught for 23 years at Smithsburg Middle School .

Scouten attained his master of divinity degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary and has served churches in Silver Spring, Buckeystown and Annapolis.

Now, he has been appointed to St. Matthew's, at 443 W. Franklin St.

Scouten and his wife, Jo, a budget assistant at Washington County Hospital, have two daughters.

The other minister who began work in the area recently is Owen B. Womack.

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Womack is the new part-time pastor of Washington Square United Methodist Church. But he is not new to pastoring.

He retired from full-time ministry in June after 45 years as an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington conference and two years pastoring two churches on the Isla de Pinos, Cuba, where he was also a school principal.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., Womack moved to Baltimore when he was 13 and went to public school there.

He graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky in 1953 and, five years later, from the seminary now known as Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

He has served churches in Maryland, and in West Virginia - in Charles Town, Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg.

Womack is married to Lillian Caton, of Shepherdstown, W.Va. The couple has a daughter and a son, and one granddaughter.

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