Steve Scott of Boardman, will officially debut his new book, "Faith Afield, A Sportman's Devotional" on Oct. 5 and 6 during an open house for his nonprofit ministry, On Target outfitters. While his ministry has been a focal point for his life, the book was something he didn't expect.
In 2008, Scott started On Target Outfitters from lessons he learned as a teenager. He said it was the mentors in his life that enabled him to learn the skills needed to succeed as a hunter as well as skills for life, family, and faith. After serving 13 years as a youth pastor, he combined his passion for the ministry with his passion for hunting and created a different type of ministry.
"We are a faith-based organization," Scott said. "We use archery and the outdoors to help mentor kids in their faith walk."
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Steve Scott of Boardman, just finished his first book titled, “Faith Afield, A Sportman’s Devotional,” which he plans on officially releasing during an open house at On Target Outfitters, 7209 West Calla Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6.
Scott attended Moody Bible Institute, Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, and Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. In addition to the degrees he earned from these institutions, he also became a hunter education instructor for the state of Ohio and is a certified archery, rifle, shotgun, and pistol instructor. Scott loves the outdoors and he has hunted turkey, black bear, antelope, whitetail, upland birds, waterfowl and small game.
With his involvement in the outdoors, coupled with his desire to be an active force in the lives of young people, Scott was realizing his dream. Others were realizing his involvement with the outdoors and his ministry as well.
"It wasn't on my bucket list to write a book," he said. "The opportunity was presented to me by a publishing house who was looking for an outdoorsman devotional book."
He took the opportunity and sat down to put 90 days worth of stories and concepts from hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors into a text that would help people understand God and His purpose for them.
"The book is geared towards adults," he said. "But the lessons come from what we do with the kids. Therefore it can be for all ages."
Scott said the actual writing was the difficult part, while the concepts were not.
"When I am out hunting or fishing, I am always learning from God's creation," he said.
With the book finished, he was able to concentrate on the next big step for On Target outfitters. A few months ago, he purchased the former Grotto property at 7209 West Calla Road in Canfield. Prior to the purchase, Scott's organization had to find a place to hold the variety of programs it offers for youth. The programs were pretty much confined to spring, summer, and fall. With the large indoor facility, programs can now run year round.
Scott has been working hard to prepare the facility for the open house. Targets have been set up inside the facility to serve as the archery range. He has also remodeled an area for a club house and is finishing the building with barn siding to lend an outdoors feel to the range.
"In the last two years, we have worked with over 600 kids during our summer and school programs," Scott said. "The new property will allow us to go year round."
Scott said he is not sure if all the interior work will be done by the open house, but it will showcase what the organization is all about. He decided to use the open house for his official release of his book and will hold a book signing that weekend. The open house is for the public and will run from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6.