Scott Roby, Director of Congregational Care
A native of Illinois, but a resident (at any given time) of the United Kingdom, Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, Alabama and Washington D.C., Scott currently calls Maryland “home.” He describes himself as an enthusiastic spiritual mutt, in terms of his religious background, employment and interests. Baptized in the Episcopal Church, he has also been a member of the Presbyterian USA and UCC churches before becoming a United Methodist. Since 1996, he has served a variety of denominations (United Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and UCC) as a youth minister, Director of Christian Education, and Single Adults and Senior Adults Ministry. He received his Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, with a focus on Biblical studies and spiritual formation. Scott is currently enrolled as a part-time student and teaching assistant at Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C., with a dual focus on religion and the arts, and pastoral care.
Scott envisions his ministry of congregational care as one of making connections on two levels: helping to strengthen connections “in house” between members and the greater church, and helping particular individuals to perceive Divine connections in the midst of their everyday lives and possible suffering. In some sense, he sees his role is as a “weaver” - strengthening those ties, or providing windows that are already present in this church to the Transcendent.
Scott has a passion for Biblical studies, the Taize community and its music, comparative religious education and interfaith dialogue. He is also a self-professed Broadway, science-fiction and comics geek, and a somewhat rabid fan of Doctor Who. He is equally passionate about Thai food and homemade chili, and for hiking and paddle-boating, especially at his beloved Silver Lake in New Hampshire. He and his family have lived in Potomac since 2006.