Scot Carnell

Director of Worship and Music

Scot has been the director of our choirs for 25 years. After graduation from college, he visited JCPC to hear the choir of his high school choral director and mentor, Margaret Norwood, and he never left.  In 1994 he began directing the recently formed handbell choir and shortly after, assumed direction of the Chancel Choir. During his tenure at JCPC, Scot had organized and directed community choral events involving combined choirs of multiple area churches. He has participated in events sponsored by the Presbyterian Association for Musicians  including the Montreat Music and Worship conference where he has auditioned and sang with the Chamber Choir multiple times.


Scot graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Charleston Southern University. He studied voice and choral conducting under Dr. David Cuttino and performed during the Piccolo Spoleto festival under the direction of Dr. Ambrose Holford.


Scot’s approach to music ministry is modeled after those who taught and mentored him: to make good music, have fun while doing it, and strive to be a blessing to others.

Susan Nexsen

Administrative Assistant

Susan and her family have lived in Florence since 2002.  In 2013, she retired after 28 years as an elementary school teacher in the South Carolina Public Schools. During her time at John Calvin Presbyterian, Susan has worn many different hats:  Christian Education Committee member; children and youth worker; instrumental musician;  Sunday school facilitator; and mission worker.  Most recently, she has helped to fill a need by "temporarily" filling in as administrative assistant since February 2019. Her "real" job is being primary caretaker of the two men in her life--her husband of 33 years, Johnny,  and her 29-year-old special needs son, Alex. 

Margaret Rogers

Worship Accompanist