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Slain Rachel Scott’s father & brother to address pre-SBC concert, wor


ATLANTA (BP)–The father and brother of one of the students slain at Columbine High School will speak at a contemporary Christian concert June 12 and Sunday worship service in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s upcoming annual meeting.
Daryl Scott, father of Rachel Joy Scott, and his 16-year-old son, Craig, will travel from their home in Littleton, Colo., to address the two events, said Jerry Drace, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Rachel Scott was among at least three students gunned down for answering “Yes” when two gun- and pipe bomb-wielding classmates asked if they believed in God. Scott and Cassie Bernall died April 20, along with 10 other students and a teacher, before the gunmen took their own lives. Valeen Schnurr, meanwhile, survived nine bullet and shrapnel wounds in also acknowledging her faith in God.
The 7 p.m. Saturday “Getting’ Free” contemporary Christian concert will feature two nationally known groups, Smalltown Poets and Third Day, in addition to the Scotts’ testimonies. Admission is free.
The 9:15 a.m. Sunday worship service in the park again will feature the Scotts, along with preaching by John Phillips, a Bible teacher from Wilmington, N.C., and Glenn Sheppard, an evangelist from Conyers, Ga. Music will be provided by the Stone Brothers trio and the worship team from Fortified Hills Baptist Church, Smyrna, Ga.
The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists is the prime organizer of the youth concert, the first such outreach in connection with an SBC annual meeting and the preceding Crossover evangelistic emphasis, and of the worship service, which Drace, an evangelist based in Humboldt, Tenn., helped inaugurate last year in Salt Lake City.
Also assisting in the two events is the North American Mission Board’s evangelism department.