Meet the New Lay Servant Ministries Coordinators


From the Mississippi Conference Office of Spiritual Leadership 
Photo right: Tina Scott addressed the clergy and laity during a recent conference with her husband Bill close-by. The Scotts are the Mississippi Conference's new lay servant ministries coordinators.     
As announced at the September 20, 2014 lay and clergy leadership conference, Bill and Tina Scott are the new coordinators of Lay Servant Ministries of the Mississippi Annual Conference.
Bill was born in Indianola, Mississippi and Tina grew up in Benton County, Mississippi. They met at Rust College and have been married for 47 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. They are members of Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi. 
The Scotts are replacing Cheryl Denley who has served in the position for the last eight years.
"Thank you to the Mississippi Conference for the past years I have spent as your lay servant ministries coordinator.  I have seen many changes in this ministry and I look forward to what God has awaiting us to bless us within the future," said Denley.     
The Scotts are planning to explore the efforts of increasing an emphasis on certified lay ministers and a possible mission trip to teach lay servants in another land. The Scotts are calling on fellow United Methodists to pray for them and this vital ministry.
More About the Scotts
Bill, a retired college professor, has served The United Methodist Church in many positions during the past 40 years. As a member of Asbury Church, Bill has served at various times as chairperson of administrative board, chairperson of administrative council, president of United Methodist Men, Sunday school superintendent and Sunday school teacher, choir member, certified lay speaker, trustee and lay member to the annual conference. He is currently chairperson of the staff pastor-parish relations committee (SPPRC).
Bill has served The Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1979 in positions which included conference lay leader, insurance committee and United Methodist Men Council. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Mississippi Conference (chair of resourcing the connection sub-committee) of The United Methodist Church. He represented the Mississippi Conference as a General Conference delegate five times, served 16 years on the General Board of Church and Society, one term on the Curriculum Resources Committee (CRC) of the General Board of Discipleship and is currently the chairman of the Board of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services.
Tina, a retired educator and author, having taught first grade through college level students over a 35-year span, is a member of the board of trustees of Asbury Church. She served on the conference merger team, a member on the district and conference level of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), conference chairperson of COSROW and Religion and Race and served as a Lay on Site Visitor (LOSV) for several years. Tina is a certified lay speaker, co-chairs senior adult ministries at Asbury Church with Bill and maintains the altar as a member of the worship committee.
In 2001, Bill and Tina joined lay and clergy from the Mississippi Annual Conference for "A Journey of Hope," a mission trip to Africa University in Zimbabwe.