Scott Roley

Founder of The Franklin Table

Scott Roley has been a member of Shepherding the Next Generation since 2009, and has been an active member participating in multiple speaking events, writing op-eds and meeting with legislators to share the importance of reaching out to kids to prevent them from starting off life on the wrong foot.

As a founding member of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, Scott has served for over 25 years in various capacities including Senior Pastor, and Pastor of Community Life and Missional Living. Scott resigned his position as Senior Pastor in 2011 to pursue his call to racial reconciliation full-time.

Based on his experiences in local mercy ministry, Roley authored God’s Neighborhood: a Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation & Community Renewal, which traces his personal call to racial reconciliation as he shares the powerful narrative journey of a white pastor’s identification within an African-American community. He followed that book with its sequel, Hard Bargain, A Beautiful Place to Live. He is also author of The Will of the Nation: a Fishing Journal, full of stories and descriptions of Scott’s fly-fishing adventures.

Roley helped pioneer a unique redevelopment project in Hard Bargain, a low-income residential neighborhood in Franklin, transforming a 100-year-old neighborhood into a vibrant community. The aim is to revitalize a specific area, while keeping its residents intact and enhancing this piece of Franklin’s history.

Roley’s lifelong love for music developed into another integral part of his ministry throughout the years. He has released 11 recordings and has co-written songs on numerous projects. He continues to write music and perform on occasion.

Roley earned a B.A. from Bannockburn College and is completing a Masters of Divinity degree from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He also attended DePauw University in Indiana and Spring Arbor University in Michigan.