Scott Polender has a broad ministry background, working in varied ministry and leadership roles. He was Director of Communications and Outreach at Caring Network Illinois, one of the nation’s largest pro-life/pregnancy help organizations, from 2019 to 2023. Previously he served in pastoral ministry at the historic St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, as University Minister at Holy Trinity Church Chicago and most recently as Lead Pastor at Bethany Chapel in Wheaton, IL. Scott has experience working in full-time ministry in Kathmandu, Nepal and in East Africa. He has worked in ministerial training as the Director of Training at the Charles Simeon Trust based in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and as an International Trainer at Leadership Resources International. Scott has vast campus ministry experience, including serving as a campus chaplain at the University of Chicago where he ran the “Text and Truth” lecture series with leading scholars in the different academic disciplines. He has worked with The Gospel Coalition in their TGC Learn initiative. He is a founding member of the Chicagoland Gospel Network. Scott is devoted to working for virtuous education that focuses on God as the foundation of education. He has an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and M.Div. and ThM degrees from Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Scott lives outside Chicago with his wife Jodi and three children.