My name is Scott Maness. Let me tell you a little about what the Lord has done in my life.
I began walking with the Lord at the age of 16. This is when my life truly began. I went with my friend to a little Baptist church close to his house one Sunday morning. I heard the message preached that morning and felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the need for something to change in my life. Later, that evening we returned to the same church for the evening services. Again, I was convicted by what I heard. At the end of the service, when the invitation was beginning, I turned to my friend and asked him, “What do I do?” like the Philippian Jailer in Acts 16:30-31. (“καὶ προαγαγὼν αὐτοὺς ἔξω ἔφη, Κύριοι, τί με δεῖ ποιεῖν ἵνα σωθῶ· οἱ δὲ εἶπον, Πίστευσον ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον ̓Ιησοῦν Χριστόν, καὶ σωθήσῃ σὺ καὶ ὁ οἶκός σου.”).
My Friend had not yet been saved and simply pointed toward the front of the church building and said, “I don’t know, I think they go up there.” That evening, I went forward and knelt at the altar. The pastor came and answered some of the many questions that I had. Right there, I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.
My life completely changed after this point. I began studying the Bible in great depth, looking to discover all that God was saying to mankind. In High School, I had been studying French, Spanish and Latin. Towards language learning, I was a sponge, absorbing all that I could find. My study of Koine Greek began when I was about 17.
I bought a copy of George Ricker Berry’s, Interlinear Greek-English New Testament and began to learn the language. It is funny looking back because I also bought a modern Greek dictionary at the time.
Berry’s edition was a great one with which to begin digging into the Greek New Testament. It features the 1550 Textus Receptus by Stephanus with the King James New Testament on the side and a glossary in the back. In the footnotes there is a comparison with several other Greek texts. With this book in hand, I began copying and memorizing verses.
In my senior year of High School I announced my call to preach and began ministering. My focus was twofold. My first focus was to know the will of the Lord and grow closer to Him. My second focus was to help others to know the Lord.
After graduating from High School, I moved to Texas to attend Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. There were two main theological pathways for study at the time: English Bible route and the language route. The English Bible route focused heavily on English grammar and diagramming the English Bible.
The language route focused on learning the scriptures in depth through studying Greek and Hebrew. I decided to go both routes and took everything possible for me to take in the time that I had to be there. My thought was that I would be able to get to the heart of the text through study of the original languages and then be able to put it into the vernacular language by diagramming my translation.
Fast forward about twenty years, (which went by quickly, I might add). Here are some things that happened in those 20+ years:
- I graduated from seminary in 1999 after enrolling in August of 1994.
- My wife and I married in November of 1996 and now have 6 wonderful blessings added to our home. My oldest child is almost 17 and my youngest is about to turn 3.
- I served as Missionary/Pastor in several locations around Texas.
- South Texas – Mcallen, Texas – Interstate Missionary
- North Texas – Gainesville, Texas – Pastor
- South Texas – Kingsville, Texas – Interstate Missionary
- South East Texas – Moss Hill, Texas – Pastor
- I took several short term mission trips
- 1995 – I went on a short mission trip to San Luis Potosi, Mexico
- 1995 – I helped deliver a school bus to a church in Nicaragua. We had driven through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. We ended our trip by going to Costa Rica by commercial bus on that trip.
- 1996 – I took another short trip into Mexico to visit several churches in the interior of the country.
- 1996 – I flew to Honduras to spend the summer there, helping a missionary that was serving in that country. That trip I was able to visit Nicaragua and Costa Rica again.
- 1998 – I took a short trip with my wife into Mexico to Monterrey to visit a friend of mine that was pastoring there.
- 1999 – My wife and I went to Mexico and visited several churches around Tamaulipas.
- 1999 – 2000 – We took several trips across the border at Reynosa, while doing mission work in Mcallen, Texas.
- 2006 – My wife and I took a two week trip to Ukraine to help one of the missionaries serving there.
- 2009 – I went to Paraguay over Christmas break to visit a friend of mine who is a missionary doing a great work for the Lord in the country. You can read some about my trip on my wife’s blog: www.rocksolidfamily.com
- 2010 – I went to the Issan region of Thailand to answer the need for a short term team to come and help teach English and basketball in a remote village. My wife wrote about my trip in this post: “The Best Picture”
- 2011 – My wife and I went to Thailand again. For about three weeks, we were teaching English in several schools around Chiang Mai. We visited several Kindergarten to High School level campuses, but our favorite place that we taught at was in a school for the handicapped. You can read more about it at: Thailand (A Summary of our Trip)
- 2014 – My wife and went to Argentina during the month of September to do a missionary survey trip to gather information for what would be necessary to do full time christian work in the country. We have every intention of going there permanently in the future to do the Lord’s work. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in the country and many churches that need to be planted. Here is a short video of our trip: 2014 Argentina Survey Trip You can read more about our Argentina trip on: Mission Argentina
Currently, I am Pastoring New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Hill, Texas and working full time as the Hardware/Software Technician for Hardin Independent School District. When not working on this, I enjoy studying biblical languages, history, playing musical instruments, fine art and preparing for our upcoming transition for doing full time mission work in Argentina.