Continuing a church-family feeling

Pastor with Costa Mesa ties returns to his roots in Glendale.

July 10, 2010|By Jon Haber, Special to the Daily Pilot
  • Rev. Scott McGinnis in the sactuary at Grandview Presbyterian Church in Glendale on Monday, June 21, 2010.
Rev. Scott McGinnis in the sactuary at Grandview Presbyterian… (Tim Berger, Glendale…)

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."


McGinnis said he always thought God had something special planned for him. After his schooling in Glendale, McGinnis studied history at UC Santa Barbara. He then taught English in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia before deciding it was time to respond to God's calling and attend Regent College in Vancouver. There he earned his master of divinity with an emphasis on church history in spring 2000.

McGinnis felt Regent College helped him prepare to serve God not only in the church, but also in the marketplace. After graduating, the new alumnus joined the team at Dudley & Associates, a national executive search firm that works in a variety of industries.

The company had a vision to help people get to the next step in their careers, which fit into McGinnis' plan to serve God's people. From summer 2005 to winter 2008, McGinnis went from assisting part time in Pasadena to leading a research department and teaching consulting assignments from start to finish with the firm.

It was a job McGinnis called demanding but rewarding.

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