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Scott was called to serve our congregation in April of 2011. His ministry seeks to deeply engage joy, compassion, and spiritual growth. He states, “Joy celebrates the wonder and beauty of life while compassion meets suffering with companionship and injustice with opposition. Spiritual growth explores our connections with the Sacred, grounds us in our values, and moves us to put our faith into action.” Scott’s ministry and life are guided by gratitude, awe, and love.
Born in Chicago, Scott was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky among roots music and beautiful landscapes. He began his spiritual exploration in the Presbyterian Church, which provided experiences he greatly values and still draws upon. While attending Hanover College in Indiana, he studied English and Philosophy. After college, he and his wife, Rebecca traveled and worked in the US and abroad for a few years before settling into their vocational paths. Scott previously worked with Colorado State University as the Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations and as a Case Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
Scott received a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary. During seminary, he worked as a hospital chaplain at Christ Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He served East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Washington for a year as their intern minister. Scott has led young adult programs at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado and at First Unitarian of Chicago. While in Chicago, Scott helped found Oikos: The Religion and Environment Initiative and was involved in various anti-racism/anti-oppression work. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Rebecca and Scott were married in 2005, though they have shared life together since 1999. They have two children: Simon and Tessa. They share their home with a mop-like white dog named Hobbuddy. Outside of the church walls, Scott enjoys general wandering, either in the woods or in a city, dance and music, and cooking with the radio on. His contact information is listed below.