A native of Columbia, South Carolina and son of the late Lillie Mae Neal Scott and the late Blakely Scott, Jr., Pastor Scott is a product of the public school system of Columbia, a graduate of Palmer College, the University of South Carolina, Morris College School of Religion, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Morris College conferred upon him the Doctor of Divinity degree in May 1993.
A life member of First Nazareth Baptist Church, Pastor Scott received his calling to the ministry in 1974 and was licensed to preach by the congregation of First Nazareth Baptist Church Feb.17, 1974. He was ordained by the Wateree Baptist Association-Upper Division on April 19, 1975. He served as pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church, Lykesland, South Carolina, from March 6, 1977 until June 30, 1979. He was called to the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hopkins, South Carolina, on June 28, 1978 and served faithfully until December 31, 2017. He assumed the pastorate of First Nazareth Baptist Church July 1, 1979. The formal installation service was held December 2, 1979.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Scott is the Moderator of the Midlands Baptist
At the 1983 annual session of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, Pastor Scott presented a paper on female ministers, Preach On Sister. At the 1985 annual session of the convention, he delivered a paper on teenage pregnancy, A Theological Response to Teenage Pregnancy, that later was included in Speaking the Truth in Love, a manual for use in teen pregnancy prevention programs.
In May 1998, he retired from Benedict College where he began as Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, later serving as College Minister, then as Instructor of Religion and Philosophy. Pastor Scott served as Moderator of the Wateree Baptist Association-Upper Division from 1981-January, 2000, Dean of the Young People’s Christian Assembly-Benedict College from 1985-2001, and Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Gethsemane Baptist Association. He served as an instructor in the Morris College School of Religion Extension Program from 1997- -2017.
He has served on the Hospice Board at Baptist Medical Center, Community Care, Inc. board, the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home (Greenwood, South Carolina) advisory board and the Columbia Housing Development Corporation board. He is a former member of the KOBAN Board of Columbia and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina. Pastor Scott is a Prince Hall Mason, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.
His honors and awards include: Outstanding Young Men of the Year in 1980 and 1982; the Living the Legacy Award from the Columbia Section of the National Council of Negro Women in 1982; Who’s Who in the South and Southeast in 1986 and Who’s Who In Religion in 1991; Business Associate of the Year by the Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in 1987 and by the Midlands Chapter-ABWA in 1998. He was inducted into the Columbia (South Carolina) Housing Authority’s Wall of Fame in April 2004. He was awarded the prestigious Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, September 19, 2004.
In 2008, he was named the first recipient of the African American Male IMAGE Award in Ministry by the Columbia Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In 2009, he received a community leadership award from Columbia City Council District II. The Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) honored him as Pastor of the Year in August 2009. More recently, he was Founder’s Day Rally speaker at Benedict College in March 2010 and featured as Profile of Achievement in Ministry in the Columbia
Edition 2010-11, Black Pages, USA. In August 2010, he was honored by the PNBC as recipient of the Bennett W. Smith Award, presented by the Evangelism Department. He is included in The Best of PNBC- The First 50 Years, Volume Three, published in 2011. In October 2013, he received the Distinguished Service Award (Non- Alumni) at the Excellence in Service Alumni Awards Luncheon at Benedict College. In 2017, he received the S.C. Midlands Chapter of The Charmettes, Inc.’s Community Service Award and was selected by the S.C. Baptist Fellowship of the PNBC as S.C. Honoree, Honors Banquet, 54th Annual Session of the Southern Region- PNBC.
Married to the former Mary Brooks, they are the parents of two adult daughters, Mina Scott Barnes and M’Lilian L. Scott, grandparents of James Blakely Scott Barnes and great-grandparents of Karcyn Lanette Robinson Barnes.
Pastor Scott uses as his motto text for life Proverbs 3:5 and 6:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding,
In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths.