As a fifth generation Californian, The Rev. Scott Claassen came to ministry through a church called Thad’s following years of playing music, exploring wilderness, and wandering the globe.
After graduating from Yale Divinity School, Scott spent one year without flying or driving as part of a Carbon Sabbath. During that time, he cycled around the country engaging Christian communities in dialogue about climate change.
In 2014, Bishop Jon Bruno ordained Scott to the Episcopal diaconate during Thad’s monthly Laundry Love program, and he was ordained to the priesthood later that year. Scott is currently vicar of St. Michael’s University Church in Isla Vista, CA and Episcopal chaplain to UCSB.
His wife Maribeth and sons Henry and Jimmy are the greatest blessings of his life. When not with them, Scott is often surfing, playing music, or dreaming of new ways to make a love-spreading difference in the world.