Rev. Shanay Scott is a college director for Young Life in the Bronx region.
As a seminarian and Urban Fellow from Wesley Theological Seminary, Shanay utilizes her Master’s of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Urban Ministry to coalesce around social justice, provide a pastoral presence for students
who participate in campus ministry and serve as an immediate responder to students in
crisis. She is also the founder R.S.V.P. (Reconstructing Sisters’ Visions and Purposes), a non-
profit organization with a mission of spiritual and holistic wellness for broken women.
The organization has grown tremendously since it’s inception in 2013 and is now one of
the largest student organizations on Lincoln University’s campus.
Exercising her gifts in metropolitan areas including Wsahington, D.C., New York City,
and Philadelphia, Shanay also thoroughly enjoys academic engagement. Her capstone
project presented in 2016 featured a compelling exposition entitled Seeds of Sexuality
which analyzed how sexual trauma impacts sexual formation and the church’s role in
creating an open dialogue to help parishioners seek spiritual and practical counsel to create
and maintain healthy sexual identities. Shanay continues to explore this issue and its
implications for sexual trauma victims.
A native of Queens, New York, Shanay is not bashful about her humble beginnings.
She is proud of her Caribbean heritage and treasures her family. Shanay says she is certain
that it was the spiritual principles instilled in her childhood that helped her overcome
many of life’s challenges. Her personal theology encourages individuals to identify and
adhere to their personal convictions and to love God and their neighbor.
Today, Shanay is located back in her hometown NYC relentlessly striving to become
the type of leader that positively impacts the community and is an emerging actor in
interfaith and multicultural ministry. When she’s not preaching, inspiring, serving or
counseling those around her, she performs spoken word where she explores the issues of
black femininity, spiritual consciousness and matters of the heart.