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.

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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.

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Virginia McLean (she/her)

UUCS Director of Religious Education

Virginia McLean is passionate about walking beside people through their faith journey. She believes that through caring conversations, service to others, and rich traditions we can see the holy in the everyday. Virginia also believes that intergenerational worship and activities is an important part of a thriving, healthy, and fun congregation. Virginia earned a Master of Arts in Religion with a focus in educational ministry from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She has served in children and family, youth, and camp ministry settings over the past 20 years, helping others to find the scared in the mundane. Outside of working at UUCS, Virginia is also a co-founder and the executive director for Spartanburg Creative Reuse Art Project (SCRAP), a nonprofit that promotes artistic expression and environmental awareness through creative reuse. She is also a practicing artist. You can find images of her work on Instagram (

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