Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church Welcomes New Pastor


October 13, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Back to its roots!

The Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church congregation recently welcomed the arrival of a new minister.

Scott Pack, a Cannon County native with ties to DeKalb County, became pastor of the church just a few weeks ago, but already for him he’s starting to feel right at home. In some ways, it’s home. Pack’s grandparents, Amon and Barbara Page Pack, were from the Holmes Creek community and grew up attending Elizabeth Chapel. Scott himself occasionally visited the church as a child with his parents Allan and Sharon Pack, usually during home services. Still, it was a bit of a surprise when the call from the church’s search committee asked him to take the job.

Although he didn’t know it at the time, committee members observed him during online services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in McMinnville where Pack served as an interim pastor before earning a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary. After this graduation ceremony, member of Elizabeth Chapel’s search committee, Laura Reed approached him and asked if he was related to the families of the Smithville area pack. For Pack, it was the Lord’s divine way to lead his way

For the first year and a half of his three years in the ministry, Pack was pastor in a Brazilian church in Arlington, Texas.

“I felt the Lord calling me to be a pastor when I was about 20 years old and I gave in to the call. I went to Texas to study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. My wife is Brazilian, so we were in the Brazilian Church and they called me to pastors, so I did this for a year and a half before I became acting pastor at Cornerstone, ”Pack said.

Pack and his wife Gabriela have been married for 11 years and are the parents of four children, Ana, Samuel, Benjamin and Maria. Pack met Gabriela on a missionary trip to Brazil.

“I was attending Lakewood Baptist Church in Coffee County when I made my first missionary trip to Brazil to do evangelistic work. The Holy Spirit just spoke to me and told me you have to take this trip. It was when I was 17 just after my first year in high school. It was a wonderful experience. I have seen people get to know Christ. The following year, I returned there and it was during this second trip that I met Gabriela. I still remember how I felt when I first saw her. She was beautiful, but there was something in her mind that was different. It was really love at first sight and at first sight. After this trip, we didn’t see each other for four years. We wrote to each other and used Skype to communicate. I finally went back to visit her and we got engaged and married later, ”Pack said.

The pack currently resides in Woodbury.

Asked about his vision for Elizabeth Chapel, Pack said he would like to see the church grow more in terms of evangelism and discipleship to “reach more people who are usually not in church.”

For more information on visiting the church https://www.elizabethchapel.org/

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