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June 16, 2014

New pastor for First Presbyterian

The Rev. William McMullen “Will” Scott, currently of Indianapolis, Ind., has been called to serve as the pastor of Dalton’s First Presbyterian Church. Scott is only the 19th senior minister to be called by the congregation in the church’s 167-year history. His nomination was approved by the congregation Sunday, June 15, following a yearlong search.

Scott and family, wife Katie and daughter Ellie, will arrive in Dalton in mid-July. He will lead his first service Sunday, Aug. 3. The Rev. Cynthia Parr has served First Presbyterian Church as interim pastor for the past year and a half.

“Will Scott combines the best of our tradition with the youthful vision of his generation,” said Coy Temples, chair of the church’s pastor nominating committee. “His love of people, appreciation of the wonders of nature, enjoyment of music and his team orientation to leadership make him a very winsome addition to our community.”

Scott was born in Atlanta and raised in Statesville, N.C. He was a boarding student at McCallie and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College. He earned the master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he met his wife.

Of Scott, Craig Barnes, former professor of Pittsburgh, said, “He is a Southern gentleman,” and said he was “one of the best and most outstanding students during my tenure at Pittsburgh Theological.” Barnes now serves as president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

Scott currently serves as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church, a 4,000-member church in Indianapolis. In that capacity, he also serves Greenwood Presbyterian Church, a 200-member church in Greenwood, Ind.

He previously served as a chaplain at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Pittsburgh and as a student assistant pastor to Shadyside Presbyterian Church, a 1,000-member church in Pittsburgh.

While in school, Scott served as editor of the Pittsburgh Theological Journal, led mission trips to China and Germany and served as chair of the Peace and Justice Fellowship.

Dalton’s First Presbyterian Church is at 101 Selvidge St. where the future sanctuary is currently under construction. The congregation worships Sunday mornings at 10:30 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 300 S. Tibbs Road, and is open to all.

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