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Transforming Art

Matt Scott '07
Kristen Albert Scott '05


By Trey Taulbee

Matt Scott ’07 came to the University of Mobile in 2003 as a young worship leadership major sensing a strong calling to ministry through music.

What he received was far more than a degree.

Matt met Kristen Albert ’05 on move-in day in 2004.

“I was helping new students move in and I suddenly found myself standing in the dorm room of a strikingly beautiful girl I’d never seen before,” says Scott.

They began dating and were married in March 2007. Matt became the student minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Saraland, AL, and Kristen worked as an enrollment counselor at UMobile. It was during this time that they began creating art together using the mediums of music, photography and carpentry.

In 2008, Matt enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. In addition, he began writing songs and working as a ministry development associate for Leadership Transformations, an organization assisting leaders and teams in their spiritual formation, discernment and renewal. Kristen cultivated her gifts in photography and thrived in portrait, lifestyle and wedding photography.

The Scotts were yearning for an outlet to share their art with others. They decided on the 2654 Project, the street number of their first house together in Mobile.

“You never really know how people will respond to your art,” says Scott. “But we launched The 2654 Project in 2011 as an effort to let the world see the beautiful things we are trying to capture and create.”

Samples of their work are on their website, www.the2654project.com.

Matt reflects on his time at UMobile as one of strong encouragement and transformation. As member of Center for Performing Arts worship ensemble Impact and Campus Life Campus Ministries Team, Matt led worship all over the southeast at retreats, conferences and Disciple-Nows. He also remembers the countless faculty members and administrators who encouraged his spiritual formation and development.

“I would say that the entire UMobile community helped shape and mold me into the person that I am today,” says Scott. “I thank God for that...and I’m grateful for the UMobile experience. It continues to be a wonderful gift to us.”

Currently, Kristen is a successful wedding and lifestyle photographer in the New England area. Matt recently released his debut album, “Poets and Saints” in January 2013. The album contains historical hymns that have been repurposed to reflect the southern musical styling that Matt experienced in his youth.

“Art is a tremendous gift to the world – one that’s meant to be shared, rather than hoarded,” says Scott. “We simply want to encourage others to share their creative expression with a world that longs to behold that which is beautiful and true.”