30 years of faithful service
his Easter we will be saying goodbye to Des Scott as he retires from Church Army. Des has been with Church Army for over 30 years and in that time has had many different roles and served in numerous contexts. From joining as a youth worker in 1989 through to taking up the role as Deputy CEO and finally CEO, Des has given fully of himself to Church Army’s vision of giving people everywhere the opportunity to encounter God in both words and actions and equipping the Church for mission.
Chris Hardy caught up with Des to find out about his time at Church Army…
Do you remember your first day at Church Army?
What have been some of your other roles at Church Army?
How do you think Church Army has changed and what is different?
works. One of the most noticeable changes has been the deliberate intention to work outside of the Church and to build new Christian community.
During your time, what difference has Church Army made to the mission of the Church?
What is your take on social action Vs. proclaiming the Gospel through key projects like Marylebone? Are the two compatible?
Out of all the people you have met over the last 30 years, who has had a significant impact on your life?
about. What was so noticeable about the time he spent with people was that he was genuinely interested in them, no matter who they were or their circumstances. We saw this when he
spent time with people in Marylebone. He was prepared to stop in the street and pray with people. Even on the last morning of his stay, he went missing in the hotel and he was found in the kitchen saying thank you to all the staff for the way they looked after him. When he writes to me, he calls me Dear Namesake, because we’re both called Desmond.