Pastor Scott Simmons was the ELCA mission developer for Lydia Place Collaborative Communities in the South Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul from 2013-2020. In 2020, Lydia Place reformed as The Lydian Way, a non-profit missional discernment space for congregations and other faith based communities.
He is graduate of Luther Seminary with an Mdiv in Congregational Mission and Leadership, holds an MA from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and a BA from Bethany College (ELCA) in Lindsborg, KS.
Pastor Scott is a member and mandolinist of the Fleshpots of Egypt, an old time string band based in the Twin Cities that plays familiar hymns on bluegrass instruments. In addition to a monthly beer and hymn event at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, the Fleshpots regularly appear at synod assemblies, congregational gatherings, and other events around the region. They are also a yearly featured worship band at the Festival of Homiletics, the nation’s largest preaching festival held yearly at various locations across the country.
He is married to Kelli, father to Elise, Matthew and his wife Bri, and grandpa to Elway. He is an active soccer player, coach and fans (Go Loons). And a die-hard follower of the Missouri Tigers and Denver Broncos.