Rev. Blakely Nelson Scott, pastor of First Nazareth Baptist Church
Blakely Nelson Scott was born in Columbia and graduated from C.A. Johnson High School, Palmer College, University of South Carolina, Morris College School of Religion, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He was conferred the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Morris College in 1993.
A life member of First Nazareth Baptist Church, Rev. Scott received his calling to the ministry in 1974 and was licensed to preach by the congregation of First Nazareth in 1974. He was ordained by the Wateree Baptist Association-Upper Division in 1975, served as pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church, Lykesland (1977-1979); Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hopkins (1978); and assumed the pastorate of First Nazareth Church in 1979.
He also serves as instructor in the Morris College School of Religion Extension Program, moderator of the Midlands Baptist Association, Inc., and is a member of the KOBAN Board of Columbia and the Board of Trustees, Morris College.
Rev. Scott served as moderator of the Wateree Baptist Association- Upper Division ( 1981- 2000), dean of the Young People’s Christian Assembly at Benedict College (1985-2001), secretary of the Gethsemane Baptist Association, and presently serves as moderator of the Midlands Baptist Association, Inc.
Rev. Scott’s honors and awards include: Outstanding Young Men of the Year, Living the Legacy Award presented by the Columbia Council- National Council of Negro Women, Who’s Who in Religion, and 2004 inductee in Columbia Housing Authority’s Wall of Fame. He is a Prince Hall mason, member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega, national service fraternity.
Rev. Scott is married to the former Mary Brooks, a career employee of the S.C. Department of Corrections, who retired in 2001. They have two daughters, Mina Scott Barnes and M’Lilian L. Scott, and one grandchild, James Blakely Scott Barnes.