"Pastor" Melissa Scott, widow of Gene Scott, has taken over the Los Angeles University Cathedral after Gene Scott died in February 2005 from terminal prostate cancer.
Melissa Scott was born April 12, 1968, as Melissa Pauline Peroff in Italy. The family moved to Canada then to Massachusettes where Melissa met and later married Paul J. Pastore, an aspiring adult movie producer. The couple moved to North Hollywood and wed in Las Vegas in 1992 then began their work as pornographic producers and directors. Melissa performed as Barbie Bridges in adult photos and videos produced by Vivid Productions. The two formed Barbie Bridged Entertainment which has grown to an international producer and web producer of pornographic video movies featuring teen agers and every conceivable combination of erotic thrill.
Melissa became coupled with Gene Scott in 1995 during his pony girl phase of paying models to attend his church in the front row, while requiring the rest of the audience to stand and give the ladies an ovation when they entered. Melissa was one of the group who vied for Gene Scott's attentions and assets.
In 1996, Melissa divorced Paul Pastore and Gene Scott divorced his second wife Christine.
Some doubt the credibility of Gene Scott's claims that Melissa spoke 15 languages and has an IQ of 186, particularly when Gene Scott's doctors had to tell her to stop feeding Gene Scott herbs which were interfering with his prostate cancer test results and treatment. Gene Scott died of terminal prostate cancer in 2005.
Controvery surrounds "Pastor" Melissa Scott as she hammers volunteers for free servitude, demands money to pray for callers and insists that those who have stayed in her church double and triple their monetary giving and time to help her make ends meet. This is amid court documents and reports that she has been liquidating cars, horses, and real estate that Gene Scott acquired through church donations, to buy herself a downtown L.A. swank condominium and further her own celebrity preacher and singing acclaim.
Religious group watchers are baffled with her methods of banning loyals and harrassing newcomers for their time and money. While preaching to be a messenger and steward of Dr. Scott's teachings, Melissa Scott has removed the internet archived teachings Dr. Scott always make awailable for free.
The new broadcast locations and times are filled with Ms. Scott's novice sermons, replacing the classics of Mr. Scott.
Recently, Pastor Melissa Scott raised eyebrows within her church by an about face plan to teach the prosperity doctrine, with a catch. It's prosperity for her church and the most loyal who have devoted their lives to it, not for the poor, homeless, meek, weak or disenfranchised.
"Pastor" Melissa Scott, born in Italy on April 10, 1968 is an immigrant, recent American citizen and Protestant who was ordained by her late husband Eugene Scott Ph.D. whom she married in the year 2000, as announced by Dr. and Mrs. Scott on their live church service broadcast. Ms. Scott claimes to have studied closely with Dr. Scott for several years.
Ms. Scott has said that she was raised Catholic, a faith which she abandonded after hearing Dr. Scott's "Resurrection message." She has also stated that she became a couple with Dr. Scott in 1994 and that she learned a great deal from him before he ordained her as a minister.
She has no other theological or higher education but claimed on a broadcast in 2006 to have completed learning on her 17th language.
She has not been on the staff of any other church.
Mrs. Gene Scott announced her United States citizenship on her live broadcast in September 2005.
"Pastor" Scott continues to teach every Sunday at the Los Angeles University Cathedral on Broadway, in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Scott announced on her live broadcast that she has instituted a program, new to her late husband's minestry, conducting services at remote locations such as San Quentin prison and at the church's mausoleum near Berkeley, in Northern California. To facilitate the traveling for this program, "Pastor" Scott purchased a Winnebago motor home in 2006 and now is able to broadcast from an eqipped van wherever the ministry travels.