BRUU called Rev. Scott McNeill as our settled minister on June 8, 2014.
Scott is a native of North Carolina who was raised as a Southern Baptist, finding Unitarian Universalism while in high school. He completed a BA in Race and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. In 2004, he was awarded the Mary Ella Holst Youth Activist award by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee for his work on homelessness and voter registration.
He received his Master of Divinity degree at Meadville/Lombard Theological School where, in 2010, he was awarded The Charles Billings Prize in Preaching and The Clayton Bowen Prize in New Testament Studies. Scott completed his parish internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (VA), after being ordained there in May of 2010.
Prior to coming to BRUU, Scott served as the settled minister at Second Unitarian Universalists in Omaha, Nebraska from 2010-2014. During his tenure in Omaha, Scott was active in UUA activities serving on the nominating committee for the Moderator of the UUA, as well serving on the
UUA Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee, working on Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/Multi-Culturalism.
He’s married to the Reverend Sarah Gettie McNeill, also a UU minister. She is now the Director of Spiritual Development at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, and previously served as the Team Leader Chaplain at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She studied in India and Sri Lanka, earned a BA in Religious Studies from Carleton College and a Masters in Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Scott and Sarah Gettie have a young son named Elijah, and a cat named Yenji.