The Churches of Christ in Christian Union

Papua New Guinea: Scott & Noel Hardaway

Scott Noel Hardaway

Scott and Noel serve at missionaries in Papua New Guinea.

After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), Scott served as a pastor for 12 years in Michigan. He stepped down from that role after the loss of his first wife to cancer in 2012. Noel earned her degree in Bible and Elementary Education. She served as a missionary in Senegal, Africa from 2006 to 2010.

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Scott and Noel were married in August 2014, and are preparing to serve as missionaries in Papua New Guinea. Scott will be teaching pastors at Christian Union Bible College, and Noel will help develop an education program for the families of the Bible College students. Scott and Noel have two children—Jared (14) and Caleb (9).

Scott and Noel share, "In the West, people have almost infinite access to quality Bible instruction—books, blogs, podcasts, music, streaming sermons—delivered by experts with years of study at some of the best academic institutions in the world. Hundreds of Bible translations are available and millions of reference resources. We ourselves have personally benefitted from this privilege, as these resources have helped us grow closer to Jesus Christ.

But in Papua New Guinea, very little training and resources are available to equip and empower pastors to lead their churches. Weak teaching, false gospels, and mixture of Christianity with animistic beliefs and practices are extremely common. Christian Union Bible College exists to meet the needs of PNG national pastors to effectively communicate the gospel and lead their churches to transform their communities for the glory of God. We are excited to take the tools and understanding that we have been given to build up the church in PNG where quality teaching and instruction are so desperately needed."