Pat Summitt never hid her faith, remained active in church

Pat Summitt never hid her faith, remained active in church


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (July 10, 2016) -- Once a year, Seymour United Methodist Church in Tennessee held a "Laity Day," in which folks from the pews would handle all the clergy stuff one Sunday — including the sermon.

The year was 1984, early in the Rev. Charles Maynard's decade at this fledgling congregation near Knoxville. He already knew that one active member had a knack for motivational speaking, since she coached the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols basketball team.

"This was before she turned into Pat Summitt, you know? For me, she was just a lady at church named Pat," said Maynard, now the district superintendent of the region's Maryville District. "I asked her to speak and she said she didn't feel comfortable doing that sort of thing. ...

 

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