Scott Nassau grew up in Southern California. At the age of 19, his grandparents sent him to Israel where he lived on a kibbutz and studied Hebrew, archaeology, and Jewish history. Little did they suspect how God would use this trip to burden Scott’s heart for his own people.
His grandparents, who survived the Holocaust, left Czechoslovakia after the war and made their way to America via Australia. Although they settled in a Jewish neighborhood in Los Angeles, they were not religious and had little interest in God.
While in Israel, Scott grew to cherish his Jewish heritage and wrestled with the existing barriers between the Church and the Jewish community. Ultimately, God used Scott’s love for his grandparents to draw him to share the Messiah with his people in a culturally sensitive manner. Scott and his wife, Dana, joined Chosen People Ministries in 2001.
Scott earned his B.A. in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2003 and his Th.M. in Hebrew Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007. While in seminary, Scott received the Presidents Scholarship and was a recipient of a Sandy Ford Fellowship, before graduating with Highest Honors. Scott is currently a Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible at Fuller Theological Seminary.
While finishing his studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Scott earned a Parish Pulpit Fellowship, which enabled the Nassaus to live in Israel, where they lived on Moshav Oshrat near Nahariya while Scott studied Rabbinic Literature and Hebrew at the University of Haifa.
In September 2008, they returned to Los Angeles to begin work on the congregation, which the Lord planted in their hearts more than 10 years ago. They have a vision of creating a dynamic and relevant messianic congregation in West Los Angeles, which will influence the heart and mind of the young secular Jewish community—particularly those involved in the film and television industry by creating a meaningful setting for worship and spiritual growth in a Jewish context.
Scott and Dana have three young children: Ilan, Aitan, and Neshama.