17 Aug About Scott Scruggs
Scott’s greatest passion is to help people consider who Jesus is and discover how His grace and teaching can change their lives. As a pastor, he feels called to help the church community grow closer to God and become more effective in reaching people.
Currently, Scott is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, where he has served for the past twelve years alongside John Ortberg. In addition to preaching regularly, Scott has led the staff that oversees all ministries of the church’s campuses. He has also helped launch Menlo’s most recent fifth campus and spearheaded getting people to participate in small groups, increasing the number of those involved from almost 1,500 to nearly 2,300.
Scott first joined the Menlo staff in the fall of 2005 as a teaching pastor and young adult pastor. For his first seven years, he preached monthly at the main Sunday worship services and at the young adult worship service. During this time, attendance at the young adult worship services more than tripled.
Most importantly, after being a pastor for more than a decade, I met and married the love of my life, Nina
After growing up in Arkansas, Scott attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in English and discovered thoughtful Christian voices like C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Henry Nouwen, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who brought Scripture to life for him in an intelligent and compelling way. Newly inspired, he accepted a position in college ministry which led him to enroll at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he earned his Master of Divinity degree and developed a theology and approach to ministry that are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Northshore.
Scott says, “Most importantly, after being a pastor for more than a decade, I met and married the love of my life, Nina. More than any other person, she has both loved me as I am and challenged me to be the man God wants me to be.”
Scott loves to spend time with God in solitude, through Scripture, and reading books. He has a close community of friends who keep him grounded, and his mentor has been an unwavering support and source of personal accountability for almost twenty years. The most significant moment in his spiritual life, Scott says, happened in March of this year when he became a dad for the first time. “Knowing that my little girl will look to me the way I looked to my own dad, for love, guidance, and unconditional acceptance, is the best gift God could give me and the greatest challenge I will ever face.”
When he isn’t catching up on his sleep, Scott enjoys surfing, golf, travel, reading, playing music, watching movies, and spending time with the people he loves.
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