J Scott McElroyAuthor

Scott is the author of Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation (InterVarsity Press, April 2015) and Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity (Destiny Image, 2008), and the Finding Divine Inspiration Study Guide and Journal (New Renaissance Resources, 2017). He has a MATM, Worship, Theology, and the Arts specialization from Fuller Theological Seminar.


Scott speaks and trains nationally on the arts in the church, spiritual formation for the artist, learning to hear God’s voice, awakening the creativity of God that lives in every person, the New Renaissance and more. See his topics HERE. Contact him for a seminar, workshop or speaking engagement at  Scott (at) TheNewR.org


Scott writes on the topics of life, creativity, and faith, with articles carried on many websites, including Crosswalk.com, RelevantMagazine.com,, and all the websites in the Salem Network. He is editor of CreativeChurchArtsIdeas.org and also serves as an editor, ghostwriter, and story consultant. Contact him at Scott (at) TheNewR.org.

Arts Advocate

Scott advocates for the arts in the church, the New Renaissance, and the spiritual journey of artists through speaking, writing, media interaction, and personal meetings. Arts advocacy is also his primary role as founder of The New Renaissance Arts Movement and as Arts Team Leader at the Indy Vineyard Church and facilitating the Vineyard Arts Community.


Scott directs the non-profit New Renaissance Arts Movement, which serves to Connect and Equip Artists and Churches for Inspired Creativity. He oversees New Renaissance’s websites, TheNewR.org, and CreativeChurchArtsIdeas.org – Creativity and Arts Ministry in the Local Church, and produces the biennial Creative Church Arts Conferences.

Voiceover Artist

As a voiceover artist, he hosted the Animal Planet TV series, “Wildlife Journal”, weekdays from 2004-2007.  He is heard on national TV commercials, video games, websites and more.

His recordings of mediation scriptures with music (by Marvin Adams)  “Fear-Less“, “Peace-Full “, and  “Courageous” are available HERE.

Visual Artist

Scott works with acrylics while painting live during church services. He prefers watercolors for personal expression, and enjoys physical design projects. He calls himself a “developing artist” in all these mediums.

Creative Career

Scott’s career in radio spanned 28 years and included on-air, promotions, production, and voice work at WCFL-AM 1000 and WLUP (The Loop) AM/FM in Chicago and WENS, WYXB, WNOU and HANK-FM in Indianapolis.

He served as director of production for Emmis Communications flagship WENS/HANK 97.1 FM, WNOU, and WYXB.

For 14 years, he produced and choreographed an annual fireworks-to-music show, “SkyConcert”, simulcast on WTHR 13 (NBC) and WISH TV 8 (CBS) and WENS and HANK-FM and viewed by several hundred thousand people.

As a film critic Scott delivered weekly reviews on radio, TV and in NUVO Newsweekly for several years.

He’s married to Danielle and has a daughter, Hailee and a son, Kaia. They live on a park in Indianapolis with their new puppy, Madeline.