For the time being, we have agreed to submit to the leadership and oversight of two elders, representing the elder board, from Grace Community Church until Biblically-qualified elders have been vetted according to Biblical guidelines and appointed in addition to our Pastor.
The purpose of this off-site leadership team is not only to provide oversight in the process of examining and recognizing new elders in the church (1 Tim 5:22; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Tim 3:1–7), but also to provide assistance in areas such as vision, doctrinal clarity, and philosophy of ministry.
”The Primary task of the Church and the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God.”
— Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Scott Basolo, Pastor
Scott Basolo was born in Montana later moving to Idaho. He married Karyn in 1988 and they have two grown sons, Averyl and Peter. For a time that he calls his “professional world,” Scott worked as a Structural Engineer for about 20 years. He considered himself to be blessed with his profession and comfortable lifestyle in Sun Valley, Idaho, yet he began to realize that it wasn't giving him the answers to the important questions on life’s meaning. While serving in his home church in Idaho, Scott worked as a Youth Director until he felt the Lord’s calling. "I saw God's movement in my life," he said. "No matter what we acquire in this life, we don't take it with us. There has to be something more."
In response to God’s leading, in 2005, realizing that he did not have adequate training to lead Christ’s church, Scott left his professional job and moved to Southern California to enroll in The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. Over the next 11 years, he completed his Master of Divinity, Masters of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees with emphases in Bible exposition and expository preaching. During that time, he attended Grace Community Church, located on the same campus as the seminary, where he ministered to a fellowship group so furthering his preparation for ministry.
Following completion of his Master of Divinity degree in 2008, he was offered the position of Senior and Teaching Pastor at Santa Clarita Baptist Church serving there for 6 years while continuing further graduate studies. He then worked as The Master’s Seminary as Director of Admissions for 2 years while he also served as an elder of Grace Community Church before being called to Mobile, Alabama to be the Senior Pastor for Christ Fellowship Baptist Church.
Scott recently accepted the position of Senior Pastor of The Master’s Church of Bucks County, which is a Grace Advance church plant. He will begin his ministry here on March 3, 2019.
His passion in ministry is to bring the truth of the Word of God to His people, to shepherd the flock and to have an impact on the community for Christ.
Grace Community Church Elders:
Carl ministered at Grace Church from 1990–1993, was ordained, and pastored two churches in the Los Angeles area from 1994–2014 before returning to Grace Church. He has a passion for foreign missions and travels internationally each year supporting leaders and volunteers in various countries. Carl serves on several missions boards, holds a certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and serves as a board member of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Association of Southern California (BCDA SoCal). He also leads the Grace Advance ministry of Grace Church that provides pastoral leadership for developing churches. Carl has earned degrees from The University of Cincinnati and The Master's Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.), and he serves as the dean of students, associate professor of pastoral ministries, and director of placement at The Master's Seminary. Currently, Carl co-pastors the Anchored fellowship group. He and his wife, Joanna, have five children.
George has been at Grace Church since 1977 and has served as an elder since 1996. George and his wife Ann have served in both student and adult ministries at the church for a number of years. A graduate of Occidental College and the UCLA School of Law, he has served as a prosecuting attorney and administrative law judge for the state. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for The Master's University since 1991. George and his wife, Ann, met at Grace Church and were married there after serving in the young singles ministry. They have two married sons a grandson, and a granddaughter.
Core Team Leadership
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of our new church plant, including oversight of the Bible studies and Sunday morning worship.
Paul grew up in a Christian home and in 1979 following a week long Christian Retreat, he trusted Christ and committed his life to the Lord. God began to reshape his priorities and strengthen his family life. He instilled in him a deep desire for prayer, inductive Bible study and Christian fellowship.
Paul is thankful for the many opportunities God has provided to enable him to grow spiritually and to serve in ministry in the local church. In the his past, he has served both as an elder and deacon, and has taught Men’s Bible Studies and currently leads an adult small group. He often spends time with men over coffee mentoring them in their spiritual journey and encouraging them to be faithful husbands, fathers and to manage their homes with Godly principles.
Paul graduated from Temple University with a degree in Business Administration and worked professionally at Johnson & Johnson for 26 years. He retired several years ago and established a consulting business for medical device manufacturers. His hobbies include reading, woodworking and pickleball. He and his wife, Carol, have 3 grown children and eight grandchildren.
John was raised in a Christian home and was regularly exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However in God’s perfect timing, it wasn’t until 2005 that He chose to reveal Himself to John during a sermon series on salvation. The power of the Gospel and God’s grace transformed John, testifying to the truth of the words contained in Holy Scripture. John has served as an elder, and small group leader and has a passion for studying God’s word and for mentoring and discipling others.
John has worked in the mining and heavy construction industry for 39 years and is currently working as VP of Equipment for a company located in northern New Jersey.
John and his wife Susan have lived in Bucks County since 1981. They have been blessed with two married children and three grandchildren that are all walking with the Lord. John enjoys fishing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his family.
Scott had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and regularly attended church where he was taught and exposed to the Bible. While making a profession of faith in Christ at an early age, he came to true saving faith and repentance in his mid twenties understanding more fully the work of Christ on the cross for his sin. Since that time Scott has desired a deeper understanding of Scripture and has lead and been a part of Bible studies desiring to grow himself and others in maturity in Christ.
In the past, Scott has served in many ministry roles in the church including elder, deacon and oversight of the Finance Committee. Scott has worked at a financial services company in NJ for over 24 years and is currently a Data Compliance Product Specialist. He and his wife Laura have lived in the area since they were married. They have three children who have been home schooled for the past 12 years. Their two daughters are currently at school in California and their son is a 10th grader.
Scott enjoys caring for his home and property and is often involved in a landscaping or home improvement project. He is a sports enthusiast and enjoys staying physically fit especially as he tries to keep up with his son on the basketball court.