Profiles in Ministry
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Schuler, Karen & Scott
PROFILES IN MINISTRY KAREN AND SCOTT SCHULER
Karen and Scott Schuler have been faithful members of Arlington United since the late 70’s. They got married in our church in 1985, and their children, Eric and Melanie, were active participants in children’s and youth activities. Eric is a soccer coach in Boulder, Colorado, and his wife Jamie is a professional ballet dancer. Their first child (and Scott and Karen’s first grandchild) is due in a month. Melanie still lives in Jacksonville where she is a speech therapist at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Karen is originally from the Tidewater area in Virginia. Her father was a tail gunner on a B-17 in WW2, and then spent his professional life in naval shipyards repairing military vessels. During the Vietnam War, Karen attended high school in Subic Bay, Philippines. Scott is from New Jersey but grew up in Lakeland. They both attended the University of Florida where they met while members of the University United Methodist Church choir. Karen graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1979, and immediately went to work at the Cathedral Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, now called Brooks Rehabilitation Center. She still works there as an occupational therapist.
Scott graduated from Florida’s law school and moved to Jacksonville. In 2001, after 20 years of working as a trial lawyer for large corporations and insurance companies, Scott decided to go into private practice. Scott and Brian Lee are partners in Schuler & Lee, P.A., a Florida Board Certified civil trial law firm specializing in catastrophic personal injury, insurance claims and consumer law cases. Karen and Scott have been actively involved with the Young Life ministry, particularly at Terry Parker High School, for many years. Young Life is a nondenominational organization whose mission is “Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.” Ten years ago, Scott went to Haiti following their devastating earthquake, and Karen and Scott hosted a team of doctors and nurses from Haiti. Recently, Scott learned that some of his ancestors were the children of plantation owners from Haiti who escaped to Charleston, South Carolina during the Haitian Revolution. Scott is a member of the East Arlington Rotary Club where he has become very involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. They have hosted nine exchange students from all over the world. Karen and Scott say their lives have been greatly enriched by these students with whom they still communicate. Currently, they are hosting Vittoria from Genoa, Italy until she finishes her school year at Douglas Anderson High School. Karen and Scott are members of the Sounds of Praise singers and Challenger’s Sunday School class. Karen enjoys her membership in the Daughters of Ruth group. He says they were initially drawn to our church because of the church’s active role in the Arlington community and vibrant youth ministry. They especially appreciate AUMC’s heart for the surrounding community and commitment to the spiritual growth of our children and youth. Karen enjoys baking, quilting, and other crafts. She is also a volunteer with the Brooks Adaptive Sports Program. Scott is soccer coach and plays competitively. He has a black belt in Korean Martial Arts. Maybe we should recruit him for the security team!
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