Pastor Kimberly Scott
I am a cradle United Methodist from Biloxi, Mississippi where my family and I were members of St. Paul United Methodist Church until we relocated to Las Vegas. My father served as the Lay Leader and my mother as the Children’s Choir Director at St. Paul during our time there. Upon relocating to Las Vegas, we joined Zion United Methodist Church. I graduated from Valley High School in 1994 and I went on to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Humboldt State University. Just after returning home from my undergraduate studies in 1999, I was blessed to meet my wife Sofia Simon. I went on to earn a Master of Science in Counseling from Long Beach State University and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. From 2003-2012 I was a School Counselor in the Clark County School District of Las Vegas. After relocating to Denver, I worked as a School Counselor in Aurora, Colorado for 3 years before I retired so I could to fully focus on the reason God had sent us to Denver, Co, my call to ministry.
Obediently stepping out on faith to follow my call to ministry has been the most transformative experience of my life. In my four years of study at the Iliff School of Theology I discovered, refined and embraced spiritual gifts that ignited a passion to minister as an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Upon graduating with my Master of Divinity, I received my first appointment as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church Phoenix. God willing, I will be Ordained Elder in Full Connection in 2019.
My first few years of ministry have been filled with many “firsts,” and awesome experiences, learning, tests and testimonies that keep reminding me that God is not through with me yet. Since moving to Phoenix, I have had plenty of opportunities to become actively engaged in the local community through my work with One Community Arizona, the Arizona Faith Network and through the Valley Interfaith Public Policy Institute. I am looking forward to embarking on the next leg of my ministerial journey as the Senior Pastor at Crossroads UMC. I am hoping to continue the work that has already been started at Crossroads; to help it stand out as a vital, vibrant, mission-focused and inclusive community in North Central Phoenix corridor. I pray it will become a place where all of God’s children regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or ability can find sanctuary and a space to grow their faith.