My mentally ill friend gave Doctor Gene Scott a large sum of money and wanted me to take him to LA to get Gene to baptize him. He wanted something for his money. Gene don’t do that. I took him to get baptized by the minister who married me.
Scott was giving lectures out of the new book ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail. I became a Biblical scholar in order to fight the Christian-right that got the idea to take over this Democracy from Gene, who put his money in an offshore bank account in order to not pay taxes to Uncle Samaclaus. Gene worked for Oral Roberts who fought Sammy for his tax exemption after he refused to allow mixed race couples on the campus of his Bible college.
From these battles the Christian-right concluded it best they put the government out of business – and become Big Church State!
These loons invented the Tea Party Traitors who are hooked on religion. They have spent too much on tything to turn back now.
After he got baptized in the Pacific Ocean, I took my friend to Faith Center and saw Gene in person filming a show.
Believe it or not, back in the early 80’s, he actually taught alot. I loved his analysis of “Holy Blood Holy Grail”. BTW, it is the book that the “The Da Vinci Code” used much of its data from.
Since I liked the old guy and it was entertaining, I sent some money to keep him on the air and actually became a “Kings House Member.
However, as time went on, he shifted to less talk and more money. I lost interest then.
William Eugene “Gene” Scott (August 14, 1929 – February 21, 2005) was an American pastor and teacher who served for almost 50 years as an ordained minister and religious broadcaster in Los Angeles, California.
Gene Scott was born in Buhl, Idaho. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophies of Education at Stanford University in 1957 and subsequently served as an ordained minister for almost 50 years. During his career, Scott served as a traveling Teacher for the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, the president of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International for nine years and, for a combined total of 35 years, as the pastor for the Protestant Wescott Christian Center and Faith Center. For the last fifteen years of his ministry Scott held weekly Sunday Bible teaching services at the Los Angeles University Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.
In 1975, Scott was elected pastor of Faith Center, a 45-year-old church of congregational polity in Glendale, California. Faith Broadcasting Network was the first Christian television station and the first to provide 24-hour Christian programming. Scott added a nightly live television broadcast to the network called the Festival of Faith.
In 1983, the University Network began broadcasting the first 24-hour-a-day religious television network via satellite to North America and much of Mexico and the Caribbean. Affiliate television and radio stations broadcast Scott’s services and nightly teachings.
Although an agnostic while attending Stanford University, Scott came to a strong faith in Jesus Christ while earning his Ph.D. in 1957. He then taught at Evangel College (now Evangel University), then assisted Oral Roberts in establishing Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Assemblies of God
Scott eventually joined the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination and served overseas in the mission field for several years.
While working as President of Wescott Christian Center, on July 12, 1967 the AoG General Superintendent (Thomas F. Zimmerman)) appointed Scott as one of 14 persons to serve on their Committee on Advance as Research Director.
At their August 26-29, 1968 Council on Evangelism held in St. Louis, Missouri, Scott preached one of four major evening messages to a crowd of about 7,000 registered participants at the Kiel Auditorium. Spotlighting human frailties of Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles, he concluded that the message of the church (his assigned theme for the occasion) was, “the message of a Person–Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It needs to be told from the Word, and it needs to be experienced, and it needs to be seen.”
Wescott Christian Center
In 1970, Scott resigned his Assemblies of God credentials in good standing to focus on the Wescott Christian Center with his father, a pastor in Oroville, California. Later, Scott was elected the church’s pastor by a unanimous vote of the board of “Faith Center” in Glendale, California. His father, known as “Pop Scott”, and his mother, known as “Mom Scott”, assisted him at his new church.
The Wescott Christian Center is the titleholder to various church properties and bank accounts, according to county records. Upon Scott’s death all assets and copyrights transferred to his wife, Melissa Scott.
Full Gospel Fellowship
Scott was voted vice president of the fledgling Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, of which his father was also a member. He would serve as its president from October 1975 to July 1984.
In 1975, while serving his Oroville ministry, Scott was approached to serve as a financial consultant for the forty-five-year-old “Faith Center” church in Glendale, California, by its then pastor and founder, religious broadcaster Ray Schoch.
Faith Center owned four broadcast stations, which included KHOF-TV channel 30 in San Bernardino, California, KHOF-FM 99.5 in Los Angeles, California, KVOF-TV channel 38 in San Francisco, California, and WHCT channel 18 in Hartford, Connecticut. All those stations comprised FBN, the Faith Broadcasting Network.
In 1975, Scott began nightly live broadcasts, and eventually satellite broadcasts extended his services and talk shows to many countries.
Scott became known as much for his stage persona as he was for his preaching skills. He would fill chalkboards with scriptural passages in the original Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic during his exegeses as to their meaning.
During his live fundraising broadcasts, Scott would typically stare into the camera and tell his viewers to get on the telephone and give if you feel as though the spirit calls for it, often wearing a variety of hats including an English pith helmet or a sombrero.
Scott showed disdain for other religious broadcasters like Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart and bristled when people referred to him as a “televangelist”, preferring to be regarded as a teacher and pastor.
Los Angeles University Cathedral
In 1989, Scott was approached by Bruce Corwin, then president of Miracle on Broadway and chairman of the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation to restore the United Artists flagship theater in downtown Los Angeles.
In 1990, Scott and his congregation moved their Sunday service to the building, now renamed the Los Angeles University Cathedral. According to the Los Angeles County Recorder’s office and North American title report, Scott acquired ownership of the building through his entity the Wescott Christian Center in December 2002. Both the building and the neon “Jesus Saves” signs are designated historic monuments.
Portions of the Dr. Gene Scott Bible Collection containing Bibles, other books and manuscripts were formerly held at the building.
In 1975, Scott began a series of broadcasts, which resulted in the creation of the University Network. By 1983, the University Network was broadcasting his sermons twenty-four hours a day via satellite to the United States and Canada, as well as to much of Mexico and the Caribbean. By 1990, his network was available to 180 countries, and by 1992 his sermons were being broadcast in several languages on AM, FM, and short-wave radio.
Drawing from nearly thirty years of recorded programming, Scott’s radio, satellite and television ministry continues to be broadcast although on different stations and at different times.
Notable members of congregation
Among Scott’s volunteer cadre of telephone-answering “Voices of Faith” was Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Wes Parker. During a 1982 broadcast (index number S-1086-3), Parker spoke with Scott publicly for over 20 minutes, stating that before coming across Scott’s television program, he had never understood or felt drawn toward Christianity. He said that it was Scott’s intelligent and fact-based approach to teaching that earned his respect and allowed him to build faith. He also said that his earlier exposures to Christianity had no effect, because they were mostly based on simplistic platitudes such as “God is love” which he found unconvincing.
Actor Don DeFore was also a member of his congregation.
Continuing broadcast presentation
During five and a half years following Scott’s death, his surviving wife and successor, Pastor Melissa Scott, has purchased many hours of time over broadcast, cable, and satellite television for the presentation of one hour programs of his messages from his later years, as well as many recent lectures done by herself from Faith Center in Glendale, California. Still available are the 24 hour a day satellite, Internet, short-wave radio broadcasts, carrying the raw network feed, featuring 30 years of Scott’s recorded teachings.
Melissa Scott has led the Los Angeles, California and Glendale churches since 2005 and is seen weekly on her own national television broadcast. She refers to Scott as her mentor.
Scott wrote and published around 20 books. As of 2011, nine books by Scott have been released posthumously. Currently comprising six volumes, The Dr. Gene Scott Pulpit is being published with Melissa Scott’s approval as a series of book volumes comprising every Sunday message preached by Gene Scott since his arrival at the Faith Center in 1975. The series is published and distributed by Dolores Press.
He was also an artist and painted well over 1000 watercolors, acrylics or oils. He was a philatelist and an equestrian.