About Scott Wells


As you’ve gathered, I write about Universalist Christianity and church administration and mission. My first website was called “Evangelical Universalist” — named for an antebellum denominational newspaper — and launched me on the Internet late in 1995, and I started blogging as “the Boy in the Bands” — which I keep now for more personal, cultural and ephemeral thoughts — in 2003.

I’m 52 and a Georgia native, living in Washington, D.C. since 2000.

  • 1991. A.B. University of Georgia
  • 1997. M.Div. Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Me, even less recently

I was ordained to “the Ministry of the Gospel” in 1999 and have pastored churches in Georgia and the District of Columbia and served others in Texas and South Carolina in a less formal arrangement. Also, I was the Operations Director of the Sunlight Foundation from 2007 to 2016.

“Hubby” — writer, editor and musician Jonathan Padget — and I have been together for about sixteen years and married for fourteen; we live in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C. and miss our bichon Daisy.