Rev. Scott Williamson and Partner Joe Curry
Rev. Scott Williamson is a Midwest transplant, having grown up in Michigan. After graduating from high school, Scott attended Lipscomb University in Nashville. His first career was teaching Middle School Social Studies and later served as the Lead Educator for a History Museum. After running away from his call to ministry for over twenty years, Scott decided to enroll at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 2011. Rev. Williamson received his Master’s Degree in Divinity (M.Div) in 2014 after writing a thesis around the idea that shame was sin and that pride could be redemptive.
Rev. Williamson began his ministry as the Senior Pastor for Pilgrim Congregational in May 2017. Before serving in Chattanooga, Scott served as a Pastor in Cookeville, TN as well as a Pastoral intern in Nashville. Rev. Williamson did Clinical Pastoral Education by serving as the chaplain for Alive Hospice of Nashville in 2013.
With a passion for extravagant welcome and unconditional love, Rev. Williamson prayerfully leads his congregation to live out the motto of the United Church of Christ, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” To this end, his ministry has included outreach to the LGBTQIA community, organizing and attending demonstrations for peace and justice, working for racial reconciliation, and advocating for those who society has pushed to the margins. Rev. Williamson teaches that faith is a journey, not a guilt trip and that God’s lavish grace and extraordinary love is for ALL people.
Rev. Williamson’s partner Joseph Curry III is a nursing student at MTSU and their daughter is a student at Fisk University where she is studying psychology and art therapy.