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Mar 05 2007

Former Saddleback Church singer among Top 10 girls on American Idol

From Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox at

SabrinasloanLOS ANGELES (PD) — Sabrina Sloan, one of 10 girls left in this season’s American Idol competition, grew up singing at Saddleback Church.

"She’s incredible and we want her to win," said Rick Warren, Saddleback’s pastor.

At recent worship services, he joked with his congregation: "Don’t even think of coming back to Saddleback next weekend unless you’ve voted for Sabrina 100 times this week!"

Warren considers Sloan like a daughter; in fact, he officiated her wedding to Chip Sloan.

"Of course, I’m about to pop with pride over Sabrina, who has been like another daughter since she was tiny," Warren said.

Sloan’s mother, Mary Scherff, was a long-time staff member at Saddleback Church and a friend of the Warren family.

"Mary is one of my dear friends and was an indispensable long-term staff member at Saddleback for years," Warren said. "She ran all kinds of ministries and orchestrated Saddleback’s huge 25th anniversary celebration in Angel’s Stadium in 2005."

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