Staff

Scott Neely (he/him)

UUCS Minister

Scott Neely

Scott Neely has served as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, SC since August 2017. He also directs the Faith Initiative To End Child Poverty, a coalition of congregations working to end child poverty in Spartanburg County. He is a graduate of Wofford College and Harvard Divinity School.  

Neely has helped with the development of these community initiatives:

Neely has taught religion and the humanities at the University of South Carolina-Upstate and Wofford College. He is co-author of the book Into the Field of Suffering: Finding the Other Side of Burnout with David Schenck, published by Oxford University Press. A practicing artist, his work may be found here.

Contact Scott minister@uucs.org

Anne Garner (she/her)

Assistant Minister

Hospitality, justice, and radical love have defined Anne Garner’s work for the last two decades. She is a graduate of Furman University and earned her Master of Divinity from the progressive Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree in Church and Community Leadership at CTS. Anne completed a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, during the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic. A lifelong member of First Baptist Church-Greenville, SC, she has served there for many years, both as support staff and in various volunteer capacities, including the chair of deacons. What began in September 2018 as a one-year Supervised Ministry as part of her theological training evolved into Anne serving here at UUCS ever since, focusing on social justice, pastoral care and worship leadership. Her goal is to help build the Beloved Community wherever she is. She has co-developed and leads the LGBTQ Theologies project, a network of people of faith and congregations building support for the LGBTQ+ community in Upstate SC. Her colleagues describe her as a “theological logistician”: a visionary whose gift of practicality brings what we dream of to life.

 Contact Anne asst.minister@uucs.org

Sybil Argintar (she/her)

UUCS Director of Religious Education

Sybil Argintar

Sybil is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and brings a wealth of experience to her work as Director  of Religious Education at UUCS. Sybil’s own children were raised in a UU church where she was an active volunteer in the program.  From 2007 to 2014 Sybil served as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley in Black Mountain, NC, and has been at UUCS since 2016.  Sybil is a Renaissance Scholar within the UU faith, having completed numerous training modules in religious education through the years, as well as being a trained OWL (Our Whole Lives) facilitator along with additional work in youth ministry.

Sybil would love to meet each of you and your children/youth and will be happy to hear any suggestions or concerns you have about the program. Drop-ins can be anytime between 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Tuesdays, and other times by appointment. You can also talk with Sybil after the church service on Sundays!

 Contact Sybil dre@uucs.org

DRE Office Hours: 1:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesdays or by appointment

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