E. Scott Jones was raised a Southern Baptist and felt the call to ministry at the age of five. He was ordained in 1997 and joined the United Church of Christ in 2005.
He has previously served churches in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Dallas, Texas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Since 2010 he has been the Senior Minister of the First Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska. | Watch his sermons.
Being a minister has led Scott into activism on behalf of LGBT rights, interfaith relations, reproductive justice, and support for refugees and immigrants.
He is part of Heartland Clergy for Inclusion, was an author of the Heartland Proclamation, and coordinated the #ReadyToMarry campaign for marriage equality in Nebraska. Scott was also a leader of the Equal Omaha Coalition that lobbied successfully in 2012 for the passage of Omaha’s Equal Employment Ordinance.
In 2009 he received the Torch Award from the Cimarron Alliance Foundation for his leadership and contributions to the LGBT community in Oklahoma.
On Easter Sunday 2008 he appeared on Flashpoint opposite infamous homophobe Rep. Sally Kern. | Watch the show.
Scott completed a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University and a Ph. D. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. In 2010 he delivered the annual alumni lectures at OU. He currently serves as a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Creighton University.
His essay “On Being an Openly Gay Minister in a Red State” was published in Prism: A Theological Forum for the United Church of Christ, Volume 23, Number 2, Fall 2009.
A few of his presentations:
“The Pizzazz of Creation” delivered at Wake Forest Divinity School in April 2008.
Interview on Homebrewed Christianity podcast in June 2008.
Emergent Village Conversation 2012 appearance with theologian John Cobb.