As a Christian, thriving in the secular scientific field is immensely difficult. It is often filled with defamers and scoffers of Christ who make taking a stand for one’s faith immensely difficult due to ridicule.
Mr. Scott Whitney has directly observed this in his previous employments. They include a position at Fluorochem, where he worked for a government contract lab that made propellants and high-powered explosives. He also worked in Biotech, at Life Technologies, and, most recently, at Biomatrica, where he stabilized biomolecules such as DNA and RNA and blood cells and protein in whole blood.
He holds many patents that are now owned by the companies he worked for. Some of the most notable deal with scientific subjects such as the “silver staining of biomolecules and the stabilization of biomolecules like white blood cells in whole blood”. These discoveries “are currently being used by developers of products and are being sold commercially”.
Mr. Whitney thrived in his respected field, but also persevered through the criticism of Christianity and the Creation narrative from secular coworkers. In one instance, he shared his faith in Jesus and his hope in Jesus’ return to rapture Christians with a coworker in graduate school at UC Santa Barbara. The colleague responded by sarcastically asking for Mr. Whitney’s personal items if he was taken to heaven in the rapture. There was little respect for Christianity and a proliferation of relative truth, where everyone’s beliefs is true for him or her personally but not true objectively.
In order to reach his secular coworkers, Mr. Whitney explicated, “You have to develop relationships with people. You can’t just walk into a science workplace and blurt out ‘You guys are all crazy!’… You’re dealing with people who are educated… You have to live differently from everyone else so that they ask you about it.” He concluded by saying, “A lot will listen as long as you are not argumentative.”
In another circumstance in his recent employment he says, “I was asked to go against my beliefs by fudging time cards” which he refused to do, motivating him to seek another job. The scientific field was difficult to thrive in as a Christian, but thanks to the grace of God, Mr. Whitney was able to practice Matthew 5:14 by being a beacon of light to the world.
Overall, he enjoyed studying God’s creation in the field of organic chemistry, but in an effort to try something different and enter a Christian workplace, he took the job as the physics and chemistry teacher at Christian High School.
Mr. Whitney was born in Harbor City into a family with two brothers and two sisters and grew up in the Los Angeles area. He attended Brethren High School in Paramount, California, then proceeded to Point Loma College (now called Point Loma Nazarene University). There he received his Bachelors of Arts and met his wife on a missions trip during Spring Break in Mexico. After this, Mr. Whitney obtained his PhD, the highest level of education, in organic chemistry.
Mr. Whitney and his family, consisting of his wife and three kids, moved to San Diego to further utilize his God-given gifts in the field of organic chemistry. This desire for the glorification of God is what ultimately drives Mr. Whitney in his life. He was previously a Sunday School teacher at Community Bible Church in Mira Mesa, where he has attended since 1992. He is on his 26th year volunteering in AWANA at his church, pouring his time into children in the hopes of their salvation.
The greatest aspect of Christian High in Mr. Whitney’s opinion is the unity among the teachers and administration. He is able to walk beside them with the same purpose, as he explains, “We all want to serve Christ”. This contrasts with the majority of his previous employment. It is a breath of fresh air for Mr. Whitney.
Mr. Whitney enjoys the simple things in life, playing video games when his kids come back home during breaks and feeling the cool breeze of the ocean in gorgeous San Diego. He continues to study God’s creation and now possesses the capability to spread this beauty to students at Christian High School.
By: Paul Marselus