Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael

Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael

Rev. Scott began his ministry here at Accotink UU Church on August 15, 2008. Videos and Podcasts of his sermons at AUUC.

Reverend Scott Sammler-Michael was born in Jacksonville, Florida; he grew up in Bel Air, Maryland. Reverend Scott earned his Masters of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary affiliated with the University of Chicago.

There he received many awards, including the Jenkin Lloyd Jones Scholarship, the Atherton Scholarship, and the Von Ogden Vogt Scholarship for liturgical studies. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMBC and a Masters in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis. He was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County, in Churchville, Maryland. In July 2007, Scott founded TUUL-Belt Ministries, a new practical ministry of devoted UU’s with professional construction experience trained to respond to domestic crises like Hurricane Katrina and to assist in long-term rebuilding efforts. Scott is married to Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, the minister to the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, in Sterling, Virginia.

Rev. Scott’s formal education …

  • Master of Divinity, Meadville Lombard Theological School (the UU seminary affiliated with the University of Chicago)
  • Master of Liberal Arts, St. John’s College (Annapolis): studied classics in an intense scholastic atmosphere
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Catonsville): Honors English degree

Some of Rev. Scott’s work experiences …

  • Electrical foreman and electrical mechanic: several years in Baltimore area
  • School teacher: Baltimore City Public Schools, sixth grade
  • Adjunct professor: Coppin University (Baltimore), English and drama

Rev. Scott’s personal background …

  • Married to the Reverend Anya Sammler-Michael, minister to the UUs of Sterling, VA
  • The oldest of five children, graduated from high school in Bel Air, MD
  • Introduced to UUism at the UU Fellowship of Harford County (Churchville, MD) and joined soon thereafter

Some of Rev. Scott’s ministry experiences …

  • Founder and Director, TUUL-Belt Ministries: a practical ministry of devoted UUs with professional construction experience, trained to respond rapidly to domestic disasters
  • Pulpit speaker at some 20 UU congregations and groups in the Chicago area, California, New Jersey, Texas, and the Baltimore-Washington metro area
  • Intern minister, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ: a full-time internship involving all aspects of congregational life
  • Summer minister, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ
  • Worship Coordinator for young adults at UUA General Assembly in Fort Worth, 2005

A few of Rev. Scott’s special interests: music and social justice

In providing pastoral care to congregants, Rev. Scott is assisted by the Pastoral Care Team.