Ed Kuffel, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, was at the church office in a neighboring building when he learned of the shooting.
died in Scott's arms," Kuffel
told The California Southern Baptist.
"There were people in the fellowship hall.
This happened in the kitchen, away from where the crowd was, so we're all thankful for that," Kuffel
As news of the killing spread, expressions of concern began pouring in from across the nation, Kuffel
"That was a real blessing," Kuffel
said, voicing appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and concern.
"There's a lot of intense ministry ahead of us and we're not going to be able to do it without prayer," he
The morning following the fatal shooting, Kuffel
took part in the nationally televised "Cope" program on Southern Baptists' FamilyNet cable television network.
was a guest on the program which also featured Al Meredith, pastor of Wedgwood Baptist church in Fort Worth, Texas, where a gunman killed seven people Sept. 15 before killing himself.
Asked if revival services scheduled to begin Sunday at the Fresno church would proceed as planned, Kuffel
told The California Southern Baptist, "Absolutely.