Reverend Scott Alexander
Senior UU Minister
Rev. Scott Alexander is a seasoned, experienced, and widely-respected Unitarian Universalist minister, having been ordained at the First Church of Houlton Maine, in 1974 where he began his ministry and served until 1978. Since that time, Rev. Alexander has served the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, New Jersey, 1978-1988; the Church of the larger Fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts, 1988-1998, ten years when he also served the Unitarian Universalist Association as an executive and developer of continental programs and services; the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland,1998-2010; before coming to Florida to be the settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.
Rev. Alexander is the author/editor of five books, The Relational Pulpit: Closing the Gap Between Pulpit and Pew (1993); The Welcoming congregation: Resources for Affirming Gay, lesbian, and bisexual Unitarian Universalists (1990); AIDS and Your Religions Community: a Hands-On Guide for Local Programs (1991);Salted With Fire: Unitarian Universalist Strategies for Sharing Faith and Growing Congregations (1994); and Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathway for Enriching Your Life (1999). Rev. Alexander travels widely within the Unitarian Universalist denomination, speaking, preaching, and offering in-depth workshops on a variety of congregational and faith-related subjects. Over his career, he has taught homiletics and the art of preaching widely, offering workshops to both practicing minister and seminary students. While he was in Boston, He was an adjunct faculty member teaching Homiletics at Andover Newton Theological School, and has also taught at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
Rev. Alexander has been active in the Unitarian Universalist Association, serving the denomination in a wide variety of capacities over his long career. He is presently serving as the President of the Florida Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. He has also been active in every community where he has served, offering leadership to many Boards and other leadership groups for non-profit agencies, including Planned Parenthood; the YMCA (in three different communities); Rotary International; AIDS/HIV service organizations; and MAPS, a nationwide adoption agency for older, hard to place children. For 8 years Rev. Alexander was an officer and trustee of ANIN, the AIDS National Interfaith Network, and was a national leader in the fight against AIDS/HIV and the resulting discrimination and injustice. Rev. Alexander currently writes a regular opinion column in the Press Journal, the regional daily newspaper on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Rev. Alexander is an endurance athlete, who bikes on a daily basis — he was an avid marathon runner for decades, but has had to give up running due to issues with his knees. Since his running days, he has completed four coast-to-coast (120 miles a day) charity bike rides, that have raised more than $150,000. In 2005 and 2008 he rode for Washington DC’s Clinica Del Pueblo, a free health clinic serving the Latino and immigrant community, raising $20,000. In 2012 he created “The Ride to Beat Hunger”, Los Angeles to Vero Beach in 30 days which raised $53,000 for local and world hunger, including 100,000 meals packaged and sent to Haiti. In the Fall of 2012, Rev. Alexander was honored on National Philanthropy Day for “outstanding philanthropic achievement in Indian River County” for this effort. In the Spring of 2015, Rev. Alexander rode from Costa Mesa, California, to Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, raising $69,000 for the Harvest Food and Outreach Center of Vero Beach, and challenges hundreds of Unitarian Universalist congregations across America to address hunger in their local communities.
Rev. Alexander lives with his partner of more than 30 years H. Collins Mikesell, who is a Senior Analyst for the Association of American Medical Colleges located in Washington DC.