Dr. Scott Redd


Scott is president and Stephen B. Elmer Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He has taught and written extensively on the subject of poetry in the Hebrew Bible, and he is also the author of the recent book, The Wholeness Imperative: How Christ Unifies our Desires, Identity, and Impact in the World (Christian Focus, 2018). 

Scott began his career at a communications firm in downtown Washington, D.C., where he was involved in media consultation for multiple national and international corporate clients. He left the business world to pursue a Master of Divinity at RTS in Orlando, Fla., and went on to complete his doctoral dissertation in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America. During his doctoral studies, he served at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md., and later at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C.

In 2009, Scott came back to his alma mater to join the faculty of RTS Orlando, where he also served as Dean of Students before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2012 to take the position of president. In addition to being president of RTS Washington, Scott is on the board of the Washington Theological Consortium, an ecumenical gathering of theological education institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, and is a Senior Fellow on the North American Action Team at the Religious Freedom Institute. Scott has also written on a range of issues from the Bible to current affairs for the New York Times, Washington Post, First Things, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and others. 

Scott’s interests include literary approaches to the Bible, linguistics and the biblical languages, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds to Scripture, and Old Testament theology. He cares deeply about the teaching of Scripture and its application to all situations in life, particularly in the context of a learning and worshiping community. Due to this interest, he continually finds himself drawn to the learning community of the seminary as well as that of the church.

 Scott is married to Jennifer, and together they have five daughters