Death of Rev. Scott S. Libbey

It is with sadness that we report that the Rev. Scott S. Libbey died Sunday, March 12, 2006.

It is with sadness that we report that the Rev. Scott S. Libbey died Sunday, March 12, 2006.

Scott served as Executive Vice President of the United Church Board for World Ministries, as Conference Minister in Iowa and Nebraska, as a staff member of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, and as a local church pastor.

A service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at:

Plymouth Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone:  515-255-3149
(Pastor:  the Rev. David Ruhe)

There will also be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 20, at:

United Church of Christ -- Congregational
902 Broad St., Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-3111
(Interim Pastor: the Rev. Kathy Reid)

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Scott's wife, Jean Libbey, at:
516 State St., Grinnell, IA 50112

An article can be found at the ucc.org website by clicking here.

Below is a message sent Monday by General Minister and President John H.Thomas to staff members in the national setting of the United Church of Christ.

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Colleagues:

I am very sorry to share the sad news that Scott Libbey died last night at a hospital in Des Moines.  Scott was one of the great saints of the United Church of Christ.  He served for many years as Conference Minister of the Iowa Conference, and in 1985 was elected Executive Vice

President of the United Church Board for World Ministries, a predecessor body to WCM.  Scott served in that role until 1993 when he retired.  For the last years of his ministry as EVP he lived and worked here in Cleveland as the national offices relocated from New York.  Scott and his wife Jean retired to Des Moines, Iowa.  About two years ago they moved to a retirement home at Mayflower Homes, a UCC-related institution in Grinnell. 

We will take time on Wednesday morning, at our regular chapel service, to remember Scott's ministry.  Those of us who had the joy and privilege of working with Scott remember him for his wisdom, his warm affection, and his constant words of encouragement.  Please keep Jean and their children in your prayers.

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Contact Information

  • Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
  • Co-Executive Global Ministries,
    Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Operations
  • 700 Prospect Ave.
  • Cleveland,Ohio 44115
  • 216-736-3201
  • Fax: 216-736-3203

  • Rev. Julia Brown Karimu
  • Co-Executive Global Ministries,
    President, Division of Overseas Ministries
  • PO Box 1986
  • Indianapolis,Indiana 46206
  • 317-713-2576
  • Fax: 317-635-4323
  • jkarimu@dom.disciples.org

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