Reverend Dr. Laurel E. Scott is “on a mission from God.” Her mission is to love the whole creation, but most especially the people of God who are in need—in need of love, in need of knowledge, in need of wisdom, in need of power—whatever the need.
Born in Barbados, Rev. Dr. Scott was educated there and worked as a reporter for what was then The Barbados Advocate-News. Upon immigrating to the United States, she attended Brooklyn College/City University of New York and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Practical Theology and Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the School of Theology at Boston University.
Rev. Dr. Scott is also a graduate of the New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public and Non-Profit Management, with a concentration in Organizational Development.
In 2013, Rev. Dr. Scott returned to the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) after serving as a Senior Pastor in the New England Conference for thirteen years. Since returning to NYAC, she has served at Newman Memorial United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York and the United Methodist Church of Port Jefferson on Long Island.
Rev. Dr. Scott is an author and recipient of numerous awards for community service and scholarship, and was named an Anna Howard Shaw Scholar at Boston University School of Theology. She continues to serve on the Board of the Women's Center. Her wide-ranging interests include politics, world affairs, women’s concerns, genealogy and legacy, and Jewish-Christian relations.
Rev. Dr. Scott is an activist pastor/scholar with focus on equity for women and labor justice. She became intensely involved in women’s affairs when she managed New York City’s Borough Crisis Centers for more than a decade. She continues to speak out on behalf of the working poor and was named one of “100 Religious Spokespersons for the Employee Free Choice Act” by Interfaith Worker Justice.
Tremont United Methodist Church
1951 Washington Ave
Bronx, NY 10457-4394
Wakefield Grace United Methodist Church
4750 White Plains Rd
Bronx, NY 10470-1117