Scott Nessel with his family, including his wife, Sarah and their two children Gabby and Caleb. 

Scott Nessel

Scott was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. Growing up, Scott was very active in the community and excelled in athletics. He graduated high school with a football and academic scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University. Scott received his Associate degree in Communications from Moorpark College in 2002.

After high school, Scott started experimenting with marijuana. This led to experimenting with other drugs, including cocaine and crystal meth. What started as a social activity turned into a self-destructive pattern. This pattern began to control his life. This isolated Scott from those who loved him most. In 2010, after several years of this self-destructive behavior, a longtime friend led Scott to Teen Challenge. When he arrived, Scott felt that he had no family, no friends, and no hope.

It didn’t take long for Scott to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. That relationship changed his way of thinking, and Scott began to rebuild his character and work ethic. Scott was no longer serving the personal needs and desires of the flesh. He was working as unto the Lord and was serving something beside himself. After surrendering to Jesus, Scott embraced Teen Challenge and graduated the program in 2011.

After graduating, Scott worked at Capital Christian High School for two years. Then God called him back to Teen Challenge where he worked in the Development department.

In 2017, Scott returned to East Bay Teen Challenge as the Program Director. He moved into the Director’s position in October 2017.

Scott's wife, Sarah, graduated from Teen Challenge in 2015. She now is on staff at the Alum Rock Women's and Children's Center. The couple has two children: Gabby and Caleb.