MOUNT VERNON — Rev. Scott Elliott arrived in Mount Vernon in July, and ever since has been looking forward to Sunday, Nov. 3; the first day of a new journey. After pastoring in Palm Bay, Fla., Elliott and his wife, Nancy, decided to make the move to Mount Vernon. Elliott said he was “so impressed” with First Congregational United Church of Christ.
“I came to this church and it’s so love-centered and oriented towards going to the community. I couldn’t help but give it a serious look; we started talking and here I am,” said Elliott. Elliott said his wife had researched the Mount Vernon community online and admired the close-knit community feel.
“My wife loved the description of the town ... I fell in love with it, too,” said Elliott.
Elliott and his wife, Nancy, are originally from San Jose, Calif., where they met in college. He also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in Drama from California State University and has since led community theater programs. Elliott graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon, and worked as a lawyer for 16 years.
After spending 20 years in Oregon, Elliott moved to Missouri where he graduated in 2006 with a Masters of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Grove, Mo., just outside of St. Louis. Elliott has served as interim pastor in Oregon, Illinois and Missouri and later became pastor for seven years at Riviera United Church of Christ church in Palm Bay, Fla.
“We’re really glad to be back in a small town,” said Elliott, who has recently moved to Mount Vernon with his German Shepherd and two cats. His wife, Nancy, will be joining him in May of 2014; together they have four adult children. Elliott said that he won’t be so fond of the winter weather that’s coming fast, but for now he enjoys having seasons again.
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