Our Pastor

Rev. Maurice L. Scruggs, II was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. As with many young African American men, Maurice was the product of a broken home where he was raised by his mother, Carolyn Scruggs, a woman who loved the Lord, and kept her two sons in church and lifted-up in prayer before God. As a teenager, Maurice received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and began to actively share his faith. 

While earning his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Indiana State University, God blessed him to begin his career working for General Motors as an Electrical Engineering co-op student and to meet his lovely wife Belinda. They were married shortly after they both graduated, and God blessed their union with two wonderful sons, Ian and Isaiah. 

Over the next decade, Rev. Scruggs struggled between chasing promotions and secular success in his career versus answering God’s call to serve. He finally answered the call to preach the Gospel in 2008 and was licensed at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, under the late Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then, he has served as Youth Pastor, Jail Ministry leader, Men’s Ministry leader, Associate Minister, and Assistant Pastor at multiple churches. He was also one of the founders of the Messiah Mentorship Ministry in Grand Rapids and the Ghana Grace Scholarship Program in Africa. In 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Walter Gibson, Jr., he was ordained at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan. Rev. Scruggs is completing his Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary while currently serving as the pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. 

His lifelong objective is simply this: “To be the husband, father, son, disciple, and servant that the Lord Jesus Christ has called me to be, and to help others fulfill their calling and purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ for the advancing of His Kingdom, and for His Glory!”