Rev. Scott Parrish is an ordained deacon and serves as Mission Specialist in the Center for Congregational Excellence. He serves in a dual appointment as pastor of two local churches and as Conference Mission Specialist. After 25 years serving in congregations with vital community ministry, Scott joined the North Georgia Conference staff in 2014. His focus is on effective church mission in community engagement. He helps churches 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 can serve as your “one-stop shop” for mission connections, growing your community engagement, and exploring how a church can translate MissionInsite and the current community reality into next best steps for mission and ministry.
Scott previously served on staff of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries from 2014-2017; 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 time 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 teenage son Cooper. They two older kids, Zeke and Sydney, are off living their young adult lives in metro Atlanta. 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.