For almost 27 years, Dr. Manuel Scott Jr. has had the distinction of being the first seminary trained full time evangelist of the black Baptist denomination. Add to that, that he is an author of 70 books and lectures in print and is a mentor for young pastors and young people as well. His latest printed lecture is titled “Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections On The Election Of Barack Obama as the 44th President Of The United States),” which he states is a guide to not only young people but also to their parents as well.
Manuel Scott Jr., who is a native of California, graduated from Dorsey High School in 1967. Scott then began attending Bishop College in Texas that same year. Scott began preaching at a church in San Bernardino, after his graduation in 1975 from Princeton Theological Seminary. Scott worked in the church for two years until he felt a call from God.
“In 1977, I felt the Lord was calling me to go to Park Windsor Baptist Church, where I served for 5 years.”
In 1982, Scott explains that he felt call from God to become a full time evangelist. A move he states, that was not supported by his legendary preacher father Manuel Scott, Sr. “In June 1982, the Lord called me to go out and become a full time evangelist. When I began, there were evangelists, but they did not have the professionalism needed or required. When I told my father about my decision, he told me that I was making a mistake and would not succeed. My friends also said the same thing to me. They were astounded that I made that decision. Three years later, after my father saw that God had made my ministry a success, he apologized and he wholeheartedly endorsed me. I also thank God for that.”
During that time, he was an active author of printed lectures and poetry books. Scott wrote his first printed lecture “I’m Too Blessed to Be Stressed,”
which was printed in 1976. Scott explains, “In my family we are readers, my father is a reader, my sister is an avid reader, as well as myself. I try to be a thinker as well. As a thinker, ideas naturally flow from me. I began writing sermons and researching the sermons and the ideas for these lectures came to me. I found that as I saw and was impacted by a number of issues, Ifeelt the need to put these lectures into written form. It makes me feel good that people have been blessed by my lectures. Praise God for that as well.”
The inspiration for the latest lecture “Yes God Can!(Prophetic Reflections On The Election Of Barack Obama as the 44th President Of The United States),”
came after Barack Obama’s win for the presidency. “In this particular lecture, I am putting the spotlight on young people and letting them and their parents know that this man is no different from you. He went though alot to get where he is. Obama faced insurmountable odds to become what he is. Why can’t you do that same thing? It is time out for just wanting small things; we have to reach for something bigger. I find that when you reach out to young people they can really feel if you are genuine and they respond to it. When I used to do youth revivals I noticed that there was a large turn out of young people and that made me feel a large responsibility to connect and speak to them directly. I love young people and I know that they feel that.”
Scott also has a children's coloring book titled "The Reason Why I Like Ballons" Which he says is selling very well. “I want to touch every generation, because God loves everybody in every generation and in every part of the world. As a representative of him I must do the same and I must reach as many people as I can."
In the future, Scott explains that he would like to concentrate on being a teacher.” I hope that in the next five years, God leads me to be a teacher; hopefully God will open up the door for me to teach at a university. That is my immediate goal for the future. I just want to let God use me in that arena. I’ve had a blessed ministry and I want to share it with others.”