Keith Scarborough, Lead Pastor

Pastor Keith grew up in St. Louis and graduated High School from Hazelwood Central (a straight C student!). As a young man he studied acting and at the age of 15 he was cast as Huckleberry Finn at The Clemens Amphitheater in Hannibal Missouri. He later went on to play several roles in Branson's Silver Dollar City and The Shepherd of the Hills, before becoming the Director of Entertainment at Rawhide Wild West Town in Scottsdale Arizona.

In 2001 Keith joined a team planting a church in Phoenix Arizona and returned to school to earn a degree in Biblical Studies and Theology. In 2004 he and his family returned to St. Louis where he became an associate pastor at Morning Star Church in O'Fallon Missouri. In 2010 he was appointed to plant The Word at Shaw. Over the past few years he has been the visionary behind the restoration of the old church building and the architect of the multicultural congregation that has been serving the community.

Keith is married to Lorilise and together they have four grown kids (2 girls and 2 boys) two (handsome) sons-in-law, and two (perfect) grandsons. 

 

Vance Watt, Worship Arts Pastor

Known compassionately by his friends and fans as Praiz’ or V’land, Vance L. Watt II is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist, engineer, producer and worship leader. Vance began writing at age 10 and taught himself to play piano at age 12.

Raised on the streets of St. Louis, MO, Vance had several run-ins with the law. In 1998 while attending a Kirk Franklin concert in Chicago, Vance heard and received the Gospel and vowed to leave his sinful nature at the alter. Since turning from a life of crime and giving his heart to the Lord, Praiz is dedicated to the Great Commission Christ has left with the Church and reaching today’s youth. 

Vance “Praiz” Watt’s career continues on the road of tireless and indomitable creativity. In ten years, he has used every minute to build, inspire, create and share the success of an independent entrepreneur. Vance’s knack not only to create his own music, but his intrinsic ability to discover and nurture talent is what has sent him to the top of the music industry, and his love for people and God's church is what inspires him to lead worship for The Word at Shaw.

Vance is married to Candice Watt and together they have four (GREAT) kids, D'Monti (ROCK), Cadi, Vance (Lil' V), and Jafia (J'Bug).