Rev. Scot Bontrager O.S.L., PhD
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church Garland
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8417 Timber Crest Ct.
Frisco, TX 75035 USA
+1 (972) 850-8509

About Me

I'm a United Methodist Elder and theologain, with a PhD in systematic theology. I earned my M.Div from Perkins School of Theology and my PhD from Southern Methodist University.

I am a brother in the Order of St. Luke, a religious order dedicated to sacramental and liturgical practice, study and life.

Research areas

Curriculum Vitae (woefully out-of-date)


PhD, Religious Studies: Systematic Theology, Southern Methodist University Graduate Program in Religous Studies
Concentrations: Augustine, Wesleyean, Thomistic and Process Theologies
Dissertation: Augustine's Concept of Volition and its Significance for the Doctrine of Original Sin

M.Div, SMU Perkins School of Theology, 2009
Concentrations: Theological Epistemology, Systematic Theology
Thesis: Credo "Thy Nature and Thy Name is Love"

B.A., Philosophy, University of North Texas, 2005
Concentrations: Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science
German Minor


Book Review: Howard Vanderwall, ed. The Church of All Ages: Generations Worshiping Together in Doxology: A Journal of Worship Vol 25, May 2008, pp. 156-8.


English (native)

German (reading and conversational)

Biblical Hebrew (reading)


Grants and Fellowships

GPRS Fellowship (2009-2010, 2010-2011)

Perkins Chapel Curate (2010-2011)

Awards and Honors

M.Div: Magna Cum Laude

B.A.: 3.98 cumulative GPA at UNT

Albert Cook Outler Award, 2008. Most outstanding theological paper for "Thy Nature and Thy Name is Love."

Jerry W. Hobbs Award in Worship, 2008. For worship scholarship and leadership

Activities and Societies

Graduate Program in Religious Studies representative to the Perkins Student Assn.

Prior. Perkins Chapter of the Order of St. Luke, 2007-2012

Prior. Trinity Chapter of the Order of St. Luke, 2021-Present

Webscribe of the Order of St. Luke, 2020-Present

Conference Participation

Theology, Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David W Brown; September 2010. St. Andrews, Scotland (invited participant)

Divine Revelation: Meaning, Authority, and Canon; May 2011. Notre Dame, South Bend, IA (invited participant)

Messianic Judaism & the Church working Group; June 2011. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (graduate assistant)