Rev. Scott Parrish is an ordained deacon and serves as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Missions. After 25 years serving in congregations with vital community ministry, Scott joined the conference staff October 1, 2014. This position was created in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries and the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries. Parrish serves 35% of his time with Global Ministries in the new Center for Mission Innovation unit with focus on effective church mission in community engagement and the rest of the time for North Georgia. The bulk of his time with NGUMC has a similar focus as a mission resource and coach with congregations. His position is not so much to sell programs as it is to help a congregation take their next steps of faith in Christ as they love God, and love their neighbor as they do themselves -- locally, nationally, and internationally.
Scott is available for consulting, teaching, preaching, and in general can serve as your “one stop shop” for mission connections and access to what might be available with Global Ministries.
Scott has previously served Trinity on the Hill UMC 2007-2014 as associate pastor with primary duties in mission and with secondary duties at different times of staffing in campus ministry, evangelism, and discipleship; Greensboro First UMC as associate pastor 2002-2007; Macedonia UMC as pastor 2000-2002; Trinity on the Hill UMC as program director 1994-2000; Lyttleton Street UMC Camden, SC 1992-1994; as a social worker in Lexington County, SC 1993-1994; and prior to that in seminary and college when he also served in churches. Scott brings this background of deep roots in community with a strong program background to the emphasis of congregations being vital in mission. Scott credits his well-rounded work history with growing up on a farm in south Georgia and working at the Claxton Fruitcake Company.
During his most recent service at Trinity on the Hill, Scott began experiencing more of the global Church and what we might learn and apply in our own contexts here in the United States. He experienced the possibilities and challenges of creating and sustaining a missional culture in a congregation. Further, he learned how local, national, and international mission must be woven together in ways that complement each other and build upon the next steps of faith of both individuals and the congregation. Due to the long term partnerships at every level of their mission program Scott also learned about the pitfalls and opportunities every congregation may have in community mission. He was especially reinforced in a deepening of what it means to be a church in the mission of God and the necessity of congregations getting out of their buildings and building relationships in their communities.
"It is a true honor to now share with others as a member of your church team and continue following Christ in the mission of God during this dynamic time," says Scott.
Scott has been married to Monica since 1987, and they live on the family farm in Appling, Georgia which is near Augusta. They moved on the farm to help care for Monica’s aging father, who won’t leave the farm, and they enjoy that adventure with Cooper who is in middle school. They two older kids, Zeke and Sydney, are off living their young adult lives in Milledgeville and Statesboro. In Scott’s hobby time he enjoys life on the farm, including tending to whatever is in season, raising heirloom vegetables, and posting photos of the goats on social media.