Scott McTaggart grew up in the church and had always been passionate about music, so studying at Trinity Western made sense to him.
“I was a private school boy from K-12, so I felt pretty sheltered,” says Scott. “TWU was a great step into a bigger community.”
A lot of good things came out of his time at Trinity Western, like growing in his faith, being challenged by new ideas, and even meeting his future-wife, Aubyn McTaggart (Martin, ’06). Scott was happy in his studies, but one day as he was walking around campus, he felt the still, small voice of God telling him that he would plant a church in Vancouver in ten years.
“I remember exactly where I was when it happened,” says Scott. “I was walking on the pathway from the old chapel to the atrium. It was so clear, and so weird.”
But as strange as it seemed to him at the time, that was the moment where he felt God flip a switch in his heart. Once it was turned on, he couldn’t ignore it.
Church Planting in Vancouver
Scott felt the call in 2002. Much to his surprise, it ended up being exactly ten years to the month that he and Aubyn left Langley to start a church in Vancouver. It was called Trinity and Main, and for a few years they met out of the family living room. Many great things happened in that time, but Scott says it quickly became apparent that there were some disturbances in him that were causing him to question the path forward.
“Some of my own doubts and insecurities as a leader and pastor came up,” says Scott. “I was feeling a lot of confidence going into it, but then became deflated and felt so inadequate. My wife and I were questioning everything—our faith, our calling, what we believed about the Church. Everything we had done in the ten years leading up to this point was focused on planting this church, and it wasn’t working.”
Early in 2014, as Scott struggled with his calling and purpose, he came in contact with two pastors from Artisan church, Lance Odegard and Nelson Boschman. They realized they had a lot in common, and through much prayer and counsel decided to join their churches together. In August of 2014, Trinity and Main joined with Artisan.
“For me I felt like a wounded bird, but Artisan was a place I could heal,” says Scott.
As Scott continued to heal he had more peace about the new turn in their journey. He became Artisan’s Pastor of Community Formation, a position that came out of experimenting with the vision and mission of the church. His role became to help transition people from observation to participation, a role where he has thrived.
“Looking back, things certainly didn’t go as planned, but I believe we’re better off for it,” he says.
A Return to Music
During the period of uncertainty, Scott had given up on music. But while on a song writing retreat with Artisan, he began writing again and remembered how life-giving the process was for him.
As Scott became more involved in writing music, he started chatting with his brother Drew McTaggart about working on a worship album together with Drew’s wife, Danielle McTaggart. Drew and Danielle had a lot of experience in music production as the duo behind Juno award-winning alternative rock band Dear Rouge.
The three of them started talking about what it would look like to record an album of worship music together with original songs that came out of their journey with God.
“A theme quickly developed around creating a space for the recovery of peace,” says Scott. “That seemed to click for us, because the songs were significant in how they did that for us. We each had a difficult year with our own things, and that’s where most of these songs were birthed.”
They produced the album together with their good friend Daniel Klenner of Vancouver’s North Bluff Studios, and brought in TWU grads Brian Chan (’08) and his brother Caleb Chan (’09) to help with instrumentation. Scott says he loved every minute of this collaborate process.
All Is Well
When they went into the studio to record in early 2019, they didn’t have a name for the project yet.
“Allswell was lower on the list at first, but it kept rising to the top because we realized it was such a good fit for the recovery of peace theme,” says Scott. “It was also a shout out to the Shakespeare play, All’s Well That Ends Well, and we felt that it resonated deeply with our faith that even when things aren’t all well, we can still say all will be well”
The name became the perfect representation of all that Scott had gone through in the last several years.
“I feel a lot of energy toward this,” says Scott. “It’s very life-giving.”
Though the road that led him to this place wasn’t easy, and there were many moments of uncertainty, doubt, and confusion, Scott can finally say that all is well with his soul.