The following are some 40th anniversary notes of encouragement written in May 2021 to the SCBC Congregation from various pastors and people who were instrumental in the early and recent development of SCBC:Donald J SewellFirst Senior Pastor of SCBC – 1981-1985
Thank you for the opportunity to share for the anniversary. It was very kind of you and I appreciate it. You all have remained a great part of my memories and blessings at SCBC.
The number 40 has a very significant place in Scripture. Without spending a lot of time on all the references, suffice to say that 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. Those of you who have lived long enough would probably agree with that.
Forty years ago God in His Sovereignty had two mergers in mind. A small congregation at Temple Baptist Church was outgrowing their facilities. First Baptist of Saugus had the facilities to accommodate both congregations. God laid it on my heart to call Pastor Anderson and invite him to lunch. The rest is history. He graciously put us together and He is still blessing the labor of love and the faithfulness of this congregation. I am sure that those of you who have stayed here through the years are feeling blessed with God's faithfulness. Psa.117: 2 "Great is His love toward us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever." I applaud all of you who have stayed by the ministry and kept the faith.
May God continue to bless the Santa Clarita Baptist Church. Bruce Anderson Pastor of First Baptist Church of Canyon Country at the time of merger
Thank you for your note about the SCBC 40th anniversary. My, how time flies. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and to your church.
That first time when the two churches met, is still vivid in my memory. It was so exciting to have the place filled with anticipation of what the Lord would do. The singing was enthusiastic and there was such a good spirit. We met with the combined deacon boards on several occasions, and it was evident that there was a spirit of unity. Of all the church mergers this one was perhaps the easiest and that spirit of oneness continued on. It was a privilege to be a part of what God was doing. After a year, I and my family moved to San Jose to pastor a church there.
Heb. 13:1 "Let brotherly love continue.” Have a wonderful time celebrating what God has done. Yours in Christ, Bruce Anderson.
Linda & Dennis Harling – Temple Baptist Church members from start through the merger
Hope your 40th year celebration is both enjoyable and memorable at SCBC.
One of the most beneficial outcomes of our life at TBC and SCBC was the development and growth of our relationships as a church family. Through participation in church activities and acts of service we created friendships that have lasted 40+ years. As with any family, sometimes our church families have faced various challenges throughout the years. But as a young couple with small children our church family at SCBC nurtured us in personal and group prayer and provided encouragement, accountability, advice, and personal and corporate friendship that has followed us wherever we’ve made our church home. We challenge you to grow in your church family at SCBC. If you do, then being in church and working together will become a habit you’ll never want to live without.
Hebrews 10:25a – Not Forsaking the Assembling of Ourselves Together . . .
With our Love, Dennis and Linda HarlingJerry and Linda Bade Early members at Temple Baptist Church and SCBC
To the Santa Clarita Baptist Church Family,
Our family became members of Temple Baptist Church in its early days. As in all start up churches, you wear several hats. On Saturday you’re doing janitor duties and on Sunday you could be in the nursery. As the church grew, we merged with First Baptist Church and became Santa Clarita Baptist Church (SCBC). Yes, a merger not the more common church split.
As the church continued to grow, I (Jerry) was on the building committee, ran the sound system for three services, and yes, still could be helping in the nursery. I (Linda) became the church secretary, sang in the choir, worked in the nursery and taught two and three year old S.S.
Even though the Lord has moved us to new locations since then, we are truly thankful to the Lord and praise Him for bringing us to Temple Baptist and Santa Clarita Baptist at a critical time in our spiritual lives. We are blessed to have been a part of this ministry in its beginning.
We just want you to keep in mind that as the church continues to grow you are still a member that needs to serve and not become a member that just wants to be served.
God has given us all a spiritual gift for serving in some area because we are a part of the body of Christ.
Happy 40th Anniversary and may God continue to bless Santa Clarita Baptist Church.
Love in Christ,
Jerry and Linda Bade
Jerry - Philippians 4:13: “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)
Linda - I John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life . . .” (KJV)Pete and Linda Austel Attended SCBC from 1989 through 2002 / Sunday School teacher for the senior saints, deacon, chairman, then on SCBC Staff as Business Administrator overseeing Building 200 construction. Left SCBC to become Senior Pastor in Madera, CA
Dear SCBC Family, I first want to say congratulations to the family of Santa Clarita Baptist Church. Even after having been called to minister here in Madera, we still have fond memories of our time with you. A time that prepared us for our ministry at Madera Baptist Church. Even after accepting the Lord’s call to come, to leave the family of SCBC was an emotional time yet all the while having confidence in His call.
We look back on our time with you as a time of preparation for the Lord’s call on our lives. We are forever grateful for Pastor Pete Mothershead’s encouragement and leadership.
May the Lord continue to bless you all as you continue to serve in the Santa Clarita Valley. Proverbs 3:5&6 comes to mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”
Our love to you all, Pete and Linda Austel Jim and Joan Hansen Former Youth Pastor, now ministering to the Deaf and Deaf Blind in LA
We came to Santa Clarita Baptist church in 1986 where Jim served for a couple of years as senior high youth pastor while going back to school at The Master’s College (now University). We had 2 girls and our first boy on the way. As a young family there was great support and encouragement in raising our family. Our second son was born while we were there.
In 1990 we became involved in the ministry with deaf-blind that we later joined as missionaries (1994). We were greatly encouraged and supported in this endeavor and when we joined Biblical Ministries Worldwide we were sent out by Santa Clarita Baptist Church as your missionaries. Our work here in Los Angeles has been greatly blessed by your part as you teamed with us.
SCBC was an important part of our children’s lives too, as they were being homeschooled and raised in this unique environment among deaf-blind. Joan drove that route several times a week to keep them involved in the children’s and youth ministries. Thank you to each one who had a part in Becky’s, Naomi’s, Jim’s and Jeremy’s lives, influencing them in Biblical teaching.
Our children are gone from home and we find ourselves much more tied down to the ministry so do not get up there to be with you much – though we truly wish we could enjoy fellowship with you more often. We know our church is upholding us in prayer as we continue until God leads us elsewhere.
Knowing of your prayers and love for us is priceless! Thank you, SCBC!
Serving with hearts and hands,
Jim and Joan Hansen
Deaf-blind ministry in Los AngelesScott and Karyn Basolo Former SCBC Senior Pastor
Dear SCBC Family,
Greetings from Karyn and me. I rejoice along with you at the Lord’s work over the past 40 years. As I consider all that the Lord has done in this wonderful body, I am so thankful to have been a small part of this ministry. I think of you so often and with such great fondness recognizing all that God did in me and my ministry through each of you.
As I reflect on the blessings of seeing people come to know Christ, baptisms, incredible fellowship, and the work of all the ministries and missionaries it makes me exude the greatest joy. I am so thankful for the leadership that the Lord has brought to SCBC and SCCS. The men who the Lord has now placed over these ministries are dear brothers in Christ who I love and respect greatly. I know that as the sweet family you are that you are embracing and supporting them fully so that both you and they may fulfill Hebrews 13:17. I pray weekly for these men and for your elders rejoicing in the Spirit’s work in that body.
I miss you all greatly and pray for God’s richest blessings on each and every one of you in this time of joyous celebration and for each meeting of your beloved congregation until the return of our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when we will again all be together for all eternity. Soli Deo Gloria.
Pastor ScottVaughn and Ronda Park – Former SCBC Senior Pastor
Ronda and I appreciate the opportunity to relay our love and gratitude to the saints at Santa Clarita Baptist on the momentous occasion of the church’s 40th anniversary. We are even more blessed, and grateful to the Lord for the years He gave us in His service alongside so many faithful servants.
Thinking back on my time as Senior Pastor at SCBC, one particular verse that comes to mind is Romans 1:16, because of the church’s love for the Gospel and unwavering desire for it to be proclaimed. In a culture where the Gospel isn’t always exalted or appreciated, the saints at Santa Clarita Baptist have never wavered in their zeal for the Message that matters most.
Ronda and I are with you all in spirit today, rejoicing in our every remembrance of the years our Lord gave us with you. Keep on standing firm for the gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:24Dave and Beth DuronDave served as our youth pastor for a period of time. Dave is an associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Meridian, Ohio.
We were blessed of God to be with you from 1992-2004. Your investment in our lives was so pivotal in our overall maturity and growth in Christ. All three of our children were saved during our time at SCBC and two of them were baptized by Pastor Pete. The church leadership’s investment in us is still yielding benefits in our current ministries and in our personal lives. We were so glad to be a part of many short-term missions trips sent from SCBC & SCCS. We are thankful for the years that we were a part of the SCBC family. Many of you are still life-long friends. We want to encourage you to continue in your faithfulness to the Lord and His Word. We miss you. Our prayers echo the Apostle Paul’s prayer for Ephesus- We pray “that you would be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” and that you would “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge”. God bless you as you continue in faithfulness and love.
-Pastor Dave & Beth Duron