Part 5: Resurrection story
A lot has changed in the last decade. After the accident, physicians said Scott’s injuries could prevent him from having children. Eight years ago, Diane gave birth to their second daughter, Dianna. Their first daughter, Autumn Jade (A.J.), is now 14 years old.
When Brenda Carroll suggested he attend college and seminary, the new pastor balked at first.
“I can’t do that,” Scott said. “That’s nine years of my life.”
In 2011, the pastor graduated from Emory & Henry College with a bachelor’s degree in religion and a 3.6 grade point average. He just completed his first year at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C.
Scott still has “aches and pains” that he doesn’t talk about, his wife says, and he’s been warned about a future with arthritis and osteoarthritis.
However, the man who first worried that his scars would distract people from his ministry no longer carries that burden.
“My scars are an asset,” the pastor says. “People who see me in the hospital know that I’ve been on that side of the bed.”
Years ago, as he underwent surgery after surgery in an effort to look more like the man in his wedding photos, Spence prayed for God to remove his scars.
He now realizes that God answered those prayers.
“I am more handsome now than I ever was when I was 25,” he says. “Once people get to know me, my scars are removed and they see my passion for Christ. That’s the resurrection story. I’m a resurrection story, and my life is better than it ever was.”
Annette Spence, editor of The Call, is not related to the Rev. Scott Spence. The North Keywood Circuit was recently recognized by the Holston Conference Cabinet as a "Bright Spot," exhibiting qualities of a United Methodist Vital Congregation.