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|January 4, 2015Scott Atnip
Lessons for American Faith Communities from Malawi, a country in Southeast Africa
Scott Atnip recently spent a week with a United Methodist delegation touring mission and ministry projects in Malawi, in Southeast Africa. He will be sharing lessons learned from his travels regarding how communities of faith in the United States can more effectively engage in their local communities and in influencing change on behalf of the “least of these” in society.
Scott Atnip is the statewide Congregational Outreach Director of Texas Impact, Texas’ oldest and largest interfaith public policy network. Texas Impact represents a wide range of religious institutions in the state legislative process on social justice issues. Scott is in his second tenure with Texas Impact, having served as an intern in 2002-2003 while completing his MPAff at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. Scott completed his undergraduate work at Sam Houston State University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Management.
Scott has also served as Executive Director of Huntsville’s Promise, a non-profit working on youth development and housing issues and Fund Development Manager for the National Office of United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY), a youth home repair mission organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Scott is also active in various leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, being elected as an alternate delegate to General Conference 2012 and delegate to Jurisdictional Conference, serving as the Corporate Secretary for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, the Texas Annual Conference West District Lay Leader, Texas Conference Board of Laity and has served on the Boards of the Heartspring Methodist Foundation and Junior High United Methodist Mission Project. Scott is also active in his local church, Wesley Memorial UMC having served as youth director with his wife Shannon, worship leader, Outreach Committee Chair and more.
In the community, Scott has served on the boards of CASA of Walker County, Walker County Community Development Corporation, Journey Though Bethlehem, Santa’s Helpers and Impact Huntsville.
Scott is married to his lovely wife Shannon and has a beautiful five year old daughter Emily and two dogs.