Biography of Rev. Scott Elliott


The Reverend Scott Elliott was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Scott met his wife Nancy while attending San Jose City College, and the two of them went off to California State University Stanislaus where Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama, magna cum laude in 1979.

In 1987, Scott earned a Doctorate in Jurisprudence at the University of Oregon. After passing the Oregon State Bar, Scott established a practice on the Oregon coast in Lincoln City, where he also ran a very successful theatre program for youth and families which earned him a Coastal Communities Cultural Center’s Annual Award for Commitment to Excellence in the Arts.

In 2003, after sixteen years of practicing law, Scott and his family headed to Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree.

Scott previously served as the pastor at Riviera UCC in Palm Bay, Florida for seven years, where he also ran a family and youth Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Scott is known for thoughtful and fun sermons that challenge the listener to center on Jesus’ call to embrace not only a loving God, but all people especially those others might place on the margins or think of as sinners.

Scott’s theology is progressive and Bible-based. He takes very seriously Jesus’ two supreme commandments, to love God, and to love our neighbors, and Micah 6’s claim that what God requires of us is to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.

Scott begins each service with the time honored litany that “God is good all the time” and he ends the service with the blessing to “Go in peace knowing that you are loved and that you matter much.” In between there is singing, prayer, thoughtful messages, humor, and lots of love.

The rest of the week Scott is working on justice and peace issues, teaching and providing care and compassion to those in need.

Scott and Nancy have four wonderful grown children, a dog and two cats. They make their home in Mount Vernon where they love to walk, explore central Ohio, read and putter around the house.

Scott began his call at First Congregational United Church of Christ on November 1, 2013.