Tim Scott has spent much of his ministry in urban environments and dealing with regeneration projects. Following a degree in theology at Exeter University (1980-83) Tim Scott worked with the homeless in the Kings Cross area of London. He trained at Westcott House, Cambridge (1984-87), was ordained Deacon in 1987 and Priest in 1988. During his time at Westcott House he once again worked with the homeless in London undertaking placements at St Martin-in-the-Fields and in the Victoria area.
He served his title at St Edward, Romford in the Diocese of Chelmsford (1987-1989) and was then Community Priest in Walthamstow in the Diocese of Chelmsford (1989-94). Whilst there he was responsible for the local churches' work on two housing estates which were to undergo regeneration. He was then Priest in Charge (1994-97) and then Vicar (1997- 2002) of Holy Trinity and St Augustine, Leytonstone in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He worked extensively during this period with those involved in the Housing Action Trust which was responsible for the complete rebuilding of the main housing estate in the parish. He also worked closely with a Single Regeneration Budget development and in his capacity as an Assistant Area Dean liaised with the Local Authority and Health Authority. From 2002-2004 he was Area Education Adviser and Team Leader for the Bradwell Area of the Diocese of Chelmsford.