Scott Chatterson and his wife Andrea are high school sweethearts; celebrating almost 24 years of marriage. They grew up most of their lives in Canada, but both went to the USA for their post-secondary education. Scott’s undergrad was from Moody Bible Institute, and he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theology with a counselling emphasis from Liberty University. Andrea practiced and taught Dental Hygiene for over 10 years; thankful that the Lord used this to equip her for different areas in ministry as a pastor’s wife. They have seen God leading and guiding them throughout their lives; allowing them the wonderful privilege of serving the local church full-time in Canada for over 10 years. Scott was an Associate Pastor, working primary with youth & college & career in New Brunswick, Canada and then later as a Senior Pastor in Ontario, Canada before moving to Limerick, Ireland in 2018.
They see God’s faithfulness in these ministries and how God was preparing and equipping them for His call on their lives, to minister to the people in Ireland. Over the years, the Lord has grown a passion in their heart’s for intentional discipleship that can be replicated by those they are discipling. They love walking along side of people, at all different stages in their walk with the Lord, and journeying with them to build and grow in their relationship with Christ. They see that it is imperative and pivotal in laying a solid foundation; deeply rooted and established in His word, in order that they may be the most effective and productive for the Lord’s work, and ultimately for His glory.
Scott (husband), Andrea (wife)
Children: Camden, Gaeren, Audreanna & our Son-in-law, Luke
The vision the Lord has given us for Ireland is to have a discipleship movement sweep across this nation. Our hearts are not to replace Irish leadership, but rather equip and nurture the current and next generation of Irish believers to disciple the body of Christ, for long term health within their local church, and greater community. Our goal and vision is to see Irish discipling Irish, from coast to coast, thus having the greatest impact on their own people.
Andrea & Scott have chosen to invest their lives in three different areas:
- Growing personally in their love for and relationship with God
- Prayerfully pointing others to Him or helping others grow in their relationship with Him
- Prayerfully equipping others to serve Him most effectively
God has done an incredible work in their lives and continues to do so every day, praise God! Their greatest joy is sharing what an authentic, personal relationship with God can look like. Because of what God has done, they also find great joy in engaging and serving their community in various ways; all with the intention of engaging people in faith conversations, pointing people to Christ, and desiring to see people get into the Word of God; know Him personally as their Lord and Saviour and then grow in their walk with the Lord.
Along with serving at the Limerick Christian Centre with Liberty Christian Church & School, they have also started a Facebook site for their community called “Croom Community Christian Care Group.” Scott records videos and posts daily words of encouragement from the Word of God at different places, around where they live in Ireland. They have also started a children’s puppet ministry called “Abbey Tales” airing on Saturday mornings for the children in their community. You can check these children’s videos out via YouTube.
They absolutely love the people of Ireland and find them passionate, easy to converse with, exceptionally creative, and hospitable in nature. However, it can take years before you can gain their trust and not looked at with suspicion. They are committed to loving and serving these people long-term and for however long God wills for them to stay.
Before Covid 19 Hit Ireland:
The spiritual temperature was lukewarm, apathetic, suspicious, and angry/hostile towards anything to do with Religion and their response to the gospel. As one Irish person describes it, spreading the gospel is like plowing concrete. 84% of the nation claims to be Catholic, but in name only; with only 14% regularly attending mass.
Most people in Ireland would call themselves Christians, but very few understand the gospel or think a relationship with Jesus Christ is possible. Much of Ireland has moved away from the church and could be considered post-Christian.
There are 4.8 million people currently in Ireland and of that great number, statistics show that only 1.5% of Irish people are Evangelical Christian. This makes them the lowest percentage in the English-speaking world.
60% of the Evangelical churches in Ireland are less than 10 years old and average 50 people. With very few believers, and most being new believers, how many have been purposely & intentionally discipled? In fact, very few Irish believers feel that they have been properly trained and equipped by their local church to witness and share their faith.
After Covid 19 Hit Ireland:
The spiritual temperature is changing. More people are open to the gospel and asking questions. Praise God! The believers are so few here, but the harvest fields ripening. We need the Irish to be properly and intentionally discipled to go out and reap the harvest and disciple those who have given their lives to Christ; seeing this process replicated over and over again, in the years to come.
Primary Prayer Request
Pray for spiritual growth for new Irish believers. Pray for strength and wisdom for the new generation of young Irish church leaders. Pray for opportunities to come along side them and to lead by example. Pray for our continuing work of discipleship, evangelism, and leadership development on the West Coast of Ireland.