BIOGRAPHY | PASTOR KEVIN L. SCOTT
Pastor Kevin L. Scott was born to the late Collins and Johncie Love in 1948 and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The second eldest of seven siblings, he has five brothers and one sister.
Pastor Scott was saved at the tender age of thirteen during a great city-wide revival held at the Union Baptist Church in Coatesville. Upon receiving salvation he sought a church home where he could grow and mature in spiritual tenets, serve Jesus Christ faithfully, and become an effective fully-functional follower. He subsequently was led to join the Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ, a newly formed ministry in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This youthful and dynamic ministry was being led by the late Jacob Meeks, who would rise to be appointed Superintendent of the Coatesville District.
Pastor Scott was educated in the Coatesville Area School District. A graduate of the S. Horace Scott Senior High School in 1966, he received an Outstanding English Student academic award and, even more importantly, was recognized as the senior student who most exemplified his religious beliefs. After high school graduation, Pastor Scott attended Taylor School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1969, he began an extensive career in the United States Postal Service.
Blessed by God over his thirty-four years of federal service, Pastor Scott swiftly earned professional advancements. He progressed from Postal Clerk to Letter Carrier, then Supervisor of Distribution, Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor, and, finally, to Postmaster. During his twenty-four-plus years as Postmaster, he was blessed to serve three Pennsylvania communities, receiving promotions at each location: Douglassville, Boyertown, and Middletown, where he ended his postal career as Honorable Postmaster. Pastor Scott was only the second African American in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to hold the position of Postmaster at a level eighteen or above during the time of his initial appointment in 1979.
During his tenure as Postmaster, Pastor Scott served several years as Deputy Director for the Eastern Region, representing the National League of Postmasters of the United States. His assignment was to advocate for Postmasters who found themselves in violation of the Postal Code.
Called by God to Gospel Ministry in 1966, Pastor Scott was ordained in 1968. He received his ordination certification by the late Jurisdictional and Second Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Ozro Thurston (O.T.) Jones, Sr.
During his years of ministry, Pastor Scott served in many capacities, including Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Choir Director, and Associate Minister. Pastor Scott served as Assistant Pastor to the late Carl E. Hines, Jr., for thirty-one (31) years at the Shiloh Church of God in Christ, Harrisburg, the site of his current pastorate.
Pastor Scott was commissioned to succeed his late pastor by Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel, Jurisdictional Prelate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in November, 2006.
Since the time of his pastoral appointment, Pastor Scott has pursued his commitment, and teaches his congregation, to love God, love people, and change the world. Pastor Scott believes that the Lord has continued to bless the ministry assigned to this charge and to grow the congregation at Shiloh because he and the Church strive to be faithful to the Lord’s instruction. The Lord God specifically directed him, “The hardest job you will ever undertake as pastor is to stay out of my way.”
The vision the Lord has given Pastor Scott is to burn the mortgage on the current facility and to pursue immediately the building of a multi-purpose Community Life Center to serve the greater Harrisburg area. As a result, he established the Shiloh Center for Community Outreach, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) entity in 2009. He aspires to reach, teach, and develop people of all ages, races, colors, and creeds as the Lord has commanded.
Pastor Scott has been married to the lovely and precious Carol Y. (Hines) Scott, since April 18, 1970. This humble woman of God is lovingly known as his “bride” by Pastor Scott and as “Lady Carol” by the Shiloh parishioners she serves.
Pastor and Lady Scott’s union has been blessed with three beautiful daughters: Erica Rawls (Jesse), Shevelle Lyons (Fernando) and Jacquelyn Anderson (Brian). They firmly believe, “To God be the glory, for we know that our sufficiency is of God, and not of man.”