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SC Baptist Church gets new pastor

Scott Basolo replaces pastor who spent 22 years in Santa Clarita

Posted: June 7, 2008 1:08 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Scott Basolo has been selected as the senior pastor of Santa Clarita Baptist Church in Canyon Country. His first Sunday will be in early July.

 
For about 20 years, Scott Basolo worked as a structural engineer in what he called the "professional world."

Living in Idaho, Basolo served as a youth director for his church, until, at one point, he said he heard the Lord's calling.

"I saw God's movement in my life," he said.

And while Basolo considered himself to be blessed with his profession and luxurious lifestyle in Sun Valley, Idaho, he began to realize that it wasn't giving him all the answers.

"No matter what we acquire in this life, we don't take it with us," he said. "There has to be something more."

After working with his pastor in Idaho, Basolo decided to make the move to Southern California and enroll in seminary.

"I wanted a place that just taught the Bible," he said about his search criteria for a school three years ago.

He soon found a place for him at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley. During that time, he attended Grace Community Church, located on the campus, and soon heard about an opening for a senior pastor at Santa Clarita Baptist Church in Canyon Country.

The position opened in February 2007 to replace Pete Mothershead, who retired after spending 22 years as Santa Clarita Baptist Church's senior pastor.

After that, Basolo, 47, said things just fell into place, which he attributes to the power of God's work.

As the new senior pastor, the Montana native strives to bring the church's community members together to help them understand the words of the Bible and apply it to their own lives.

Delivering a message
Basolo, who begins his new role at the church on July 6, was drawn to Santa Clarita and the Baptist church, which boasts a couple hundred parishioners, because of its sense of community.

"It has a small community feel in the midst of a real urban center," he said, adding the feeling of a community church is exactly the kind of church he was familiar with in Idaho.

As senior pastor, Basolo said his main goal is to "be faithful to God's word."

He is not too focused on building membership, but rather opening the church's doors to the community to allow them to learn about God's word.

He also wants to appeal to all types of people and build on the youth, college and singles ministries.

With a focus on the Scripture, Basolo believes church should become integrated into the everyday lives of people.

"Church is not a Sunday event," he said, adding that if people are really Christians, they should live the Scripture seven days a week.

Communicating
Ultimately, Basolo, who has two kids with wife Karyn, hopes to show others that the Bible can be understandable and applied to a person's everyday troubles.

In order to teach that concept, Basolo said he prefers using "expository preaching" when addressing the church.

"The goal of expository preaching is to explain the text and apply it to their everyday lives," he said.

With that, Basolo said the Bible can become a source of inspiration for people as they struggle to answer the big questions like the meaning and purpose of life.

"If you read the Bible and apply it to your life, it will absolutely make a difference," he said. "There's no question about it."

A good fit
Don Gilmore, who served as chairman of the search committee to find a senior pastor at Santa Clarita Baptist Church, said Basolo will bring his method of expository preaching and love of people to the church.

"He knows people. He loves people," he said. "He's a real people person."

With his love of people comes an affection for God, Gilmore said.

"He brings a real love of the word of God," he said.

Despite living in Idaho for so many years, Gilmore said Basolo and his wife have mixed well with the church and its members.

"They've really taken to him," he said. "The transition will be very smooth."

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