Give me an inch, and I'll make you smile.
Who is Scott Nesbitt?

He's an ordained Presbyterian minister, professional speaker, author, consultant, and teacher with a keen mind and a sharp sense of humor. The depth and breadth of his knowledge is evident to every group he speaks to, but so are his native Midwestern humility and common sense.

What does he do?

He comes to your group or event and helps you. Need a keynote speaker? Want someone to lead a training event? Wish you could have someone offer sound, objective advice? Scott Nesbitt is the person to call; he'll handle your needs professionally and skillfully. Additionally, his wry humor and positive spirit will make the experience a true joy.

What are his specialties?

In general, Scott Nesbitt is an excellent motivational speaker and can tailor a presentation just for you that is uplifting, positive, humorous and thought-provoking. But he is also skilled in educating and consulting churches, groups, and individuals in the following topics: Christian theology, Bible studies, Christian history, life issues, stewardship, creative worship, evangelism, hospitality in the church, and so much more. Have a particular topic in mind not listed? Just ask. His versatility and skill are to your advantage!

Why does the website say he'll make me smile? Whenever Scott Nesbitt makes a presentation, people inevitably walk away feeling inspired, energized and uplifted. He has a way of making even the most mundane topics come alive.

Will he be the right person for my group? Scott Nesbitt is very personable and genuinely connects with people of all ages and walks of life.

Services Available:

  • Key Note Speaking
  • Retreat Presentations
  • Church Leadership Seminars
  • Teaching (various settings)
  • Worship Development and Leadership
  • Consulting

The following fees, based on speakers' bureau pricing, are presented only for a frame of reference. Churches and organizations with constrained budgets are highly encouraged to offer alternative amounts that are more in line with particular affordability.

  • Single Presentation - $1000
  • 1 day (2 - 4 presentations) - $1500
  • 2 day (2 - 4 presentations) - $2000
  • Weekend (2 - 6 presentations) - $2500
  • Week-long (6 days, flexible number of presentations) - $4500
  • Consultation - $250/hour, one hour minimum

20% of fees are requested within one week of scheduling. Thirty days (or more) prior to a scheduled event, the 20% retainer is fully refundable if there is a need for cancellation. Twenty nine to 15 days prior, half the retainer is refundable. No refunds are available if cancellations occur within two weeks or less of an event.

Reimbursement for travel, meal and lodging expenses to be determined by mutual agreement.

Formal Education

  • Formal Education: B.A. from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA (1991)
  • M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL (1995)
  • Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary of Newburgh, IN (2005).

Published Writings

PDF file ofDissertation (2005):

“Gravity, Grace and Gratitude: Contrasting Theological Perspectives of Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil Regarding the Grateful Response to Christ through Suffering and Sacrifice”

“HARRY P. MEETS JABEZ,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (December 2001)

Main theme: A comparison of two books. The conclusion is that the Harry Potter series may be more helpful to adults than the bestseller The Prayer of Jabez, which omits important scriptural principles. [cover feature]

“THE CHALLENGE,” Monday Morning (24 September 2001)

Main theme: A look at membership diversity in the early Church and a call to Christians to consider such in light of current debates in many mainline denominations.

“NOT HER PASTOR,” Monday Morning (4 January 1999)

Main theme: An account of what happened to my wife, Stephanie, and me when we challenged traditional expectations for clergy spouses.

Workshops Attended

  • Church Music and Liturgy Symposium through the ELCA (2007-2008)
  • Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation School for Pastors (2000, 2006)
  • Lombard Mennonite Peace Institute “Creating Healthy Congregations Workshop” (2003)
  • Theology, Worship and the Arts Symposium through Calvin College of Grand Rapids, MI (2003)
  • Lombard Mennonite Peace Institute “Conflict Mediation Workshop” (2002)
  • Easum, Bandy and Associates “Christianity in the 21st Century Workshop” (2001)

Additional study opportunities have included courses in congregational redevelopment, Christian education resources, and stewardship interpretation.

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