Twenty years ago, the Rev. Fred Scott walked into Garner Free Will Baptist Church and began a ministry that has flourished ever since.
On Jan. 25, he and his wife, Terry Owens Scott, were the guests of honor at a surprise celebration marking their two decades of service to the church.
The entire morning service was dedicated to honoring Scott and his wife. Former church members and friends of the Scotts were also on hand for the celebration.
Former associate pastor Adam Carnes shared memories of serving with the Scotts over the years and former church members Phillip Sutton and Tracey Bunn recalled growing up in the church’s youth group.
The church’s current youth pastor, Jonathan Kell, shared the Biblical responsibilities of a pastor and recalled some of his own personal memories of Scott.
A luncheon hosted by church members followed the service and a plaque honoring them for 20 years of service was presented to the Scotts along with gifts and cards.
Scott began his pastorate at Garner FWB Jan. 1, 1995 after pastoring churches in Arckansas. Under his leadership, Garner FWB has completed a building expansion program and, 11 years ago, began presenting a community-wide event called Rapture House, which portrays the end times.