Scott Neely

UUCS Minister

Scott J. Neely began his ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg (UUCS) August 2017. Neely a Spartanburg native and Wofford College graduate holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge MA.

From 2006-2015, he served at First Presbyterian Church as Director of Mission and then as Pastoral Executive. In 2015, he founded the Project for Community Transformation, a faith-based initiative to help strengthen congregations in addressing poverty and combating racism.

Neely is a founding board member for Speaking Down Barriers, a non-profit whose purpose is to bridge differences among people and build connections through community gatherings, dialogue, training, teaching, and presentations. With the support and encouragement of UUCS, he will continue his work with this organization whose values and mission align with those of the Church.

A gifted teacher who has taught courses at USC-Upstate and Wofford, Neely will facilitate religious education classes for adults at UUCS. He is also an artist with 17 solo or groups shows and installations. And he completed a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 6 months!
More information about Neely can be found on his website: https://neelyprojects.com/.