For those who’ve recently watched San Quentin Television prison channels, the Protestant time slot for religious programming has had a certain feminine touch. Pastor Melissa Scott, a television evangelist, took up the banner of both the Faith Center and University Network of which her late husband, Dr. Gene Scott, was the pastor.
Dr. Scott was well known for his fiery testimonials and disposition. He was often heard saying that Balaam’s jackass was a better spokesperson for God than most Christian preachers. Such comments brought him both high regard and angry rebuttals. Dr. Scott was a man a great scholarly depth; who also owned a collection of Bible manuscripts dating as far back as two centuries after the death of Christ.
Dr. Scott was also known for his love of the prisoners, and his church has been coming in to San Quentin for well over 10 years. Dr. Scott’s sermons were broadcast on KRON-TV channel four, up to the time of his death in Feb. 2005. His preaching went beyond the usual reciting of the simple as he broke down and defined challenging and informative Biblical truths. He spoke his convictions without tricks and pleas for money, saying only those being “fed” by his messages were those he welcomed to contribute.
Pastor Melissa Scott was ordained by her husband, who asked her to carry on his message. She reads, writes, and speaks 20 different languages. Having her own presentation style, one still can see the standards of teaching that Dr. Scott set forth. Pastor Melissa Scott, who has visited San Quentin many times, recently donating an electric drum, guitar, and numerous publications to the Garden Chapel. Asked if she had a specific message for the prisoners here, her answer was:
“You can always start over with God.”
Pastor Scott’s messages can be found at one o’clock in the morning on KRON 4 Monday and Wednesday), and at the same time Monday through Friday on the “ION” station (channel 24). For those who wish to receive a Bible and study guides write to: Pastor Melissa Scott
P.O. Box 1
Los Angeles, CA 90053.