Scott McGinnis, a former counselor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, found himself back at his old stomping grounds in Glendale this spring, nearly 30 years after attending the Grandview Presbyterian Church's Children's Center Preschool.
Standing inside the sanctuary in front of an assembly of people, including friends and family, McGinnis was ordained and installed as the newest pastor of the church, with which he had established a connection when he was a child.
It was the proud culmination of a process that began eight months prior, he said, when he first preached during a service at Grandview in October. After submitting a resume to the church in January, he received word April 18 that the church officials had chosen him as pastor. Since his installment, the reverend has enjoyed every moment in his new position, he said.
"Being a children's center alumni and having grown up in the church, I really like Grandview's vision to have a church family to be a part of and raise their kids," McGinnis said. "I help with the preschool chapel. Pastor Scott the kids call me. It's been fun to see friends from high school and reconnect with them and their kids in the program. It's fun to be available as their pastor."