Ministry Development Pastor
Lee Scott II
Worship and Media Pastor
The Lively Stone Prayer Band was formed in 1934, under the leadership of Bishop Phillip Lee Scott. At this time the Lively Stone Prayer Band served as a refuge to the members of the Overcoming Church of God – which was formerly pastored by Bishop Thomas Gibson. They were then located at 2139 Eugenia. Elder Scott was moved for the benefit of all concerned, to change the name of the association known as the Overcoming Church of God, the the Lively Stone Church of God (Apostolic Faith), to be known and to operate as such throughout the world. By this time, the church had moved to 409 South 22nd Street.
The church moved to 2145 Adams (Spruce) where the Lord blessed in a mighty way. In 1941, they changed locations again to 2621 Lawton, and it was here that the Lord blessed in an even greater measure. After twelve years, the congregation became so large the building was again inadequate. In March 1954, the church relocated to 1208 North Sarah. After only five years, the seating capacity again was too small and the church was blessed to purchase the building at 3965 St. Louis Avenue, now known as the Lively Stone Church Educational Building and Lively Stone Christian Day Care Center.
After 15 years, the need for another expansion became apparent and Bishop Scott began to seek the Lord for direction. Plans were in the making to build a new church, when the Lord revealed to him that the church was to remain on the corner of St. Louis Avenue and Warne (now Bishop P.L. Scott Ave.). The Lord confirmed His Word by enabling Bishop Scott to negotiate a contract to purchase our present place of worship, 4015 St. Louis Avenue.
After moving into our new location, remodeling and renovation was the order of the day. Many enhancements were made including the installation of central air, remodeling the Fellowship Hall and Vestibule, enlarging the balcony, building the choir stands, and signifcant landscaping to beautify the exterior of the church and educational building.
In 1978, the Lord revealed to Bishop Scott through a dream plans to build a crosswalk, which could connect the main sanctuary at 4015 St. Louis Avenue to the educational building at 3965 St. Louis Avenue. This one of a kind crosswalk, costing more than one-half million dollars, was dedicated unto God in a two night dedicatory service, November 14 and 15, 1983. This great edifice will remain a monument symbolizing his faithful leadership.
While the church membership continued to grow, its responsibilities increased as well. As a result, the Tape Ministry was started to enhance the outreach ministry of our radio broadcast. In addition, the Food Pantry was established to aid the poor and disadvantaged.
In 1987, after over fifty years of faithful and untiring service, our Founder was called from labor to reward. Nevertheless, God had a plan for this great church. Having been ordained by God to succeed our late founder, on April, 1987, Dr. Alphonso Scott was installed as Pastor of the Lively Stone Church of God, St. Louis, Missouri. The church has benefited greatly through his excellent pastoral abilities. Renovations have been made to further enhance the look and comfort of both the main edifice and educational building.
Other accomplishments include: Rehoboth Ministerial Institute, Lively Stone Christian Book Store, Voice in the Wilderness Telecast, Lively Stone Christian Day Care Center, Administration Offices, and GIA (God Is Able) Housing.
Yes, those who are a part of the Lively Stone family today can look around and see that we truly are a blessed church. Yet, it has been the blood, sweat, tears and prayers of countless others, under the leadership of the late Bishop P.L. Scott, who helped bring us from very humble beginnings to where we are today.
Our Founder, Bishop Phillip Lee Scott
Over eighty years ago, a young preacher came from the small, peaceful community of Popular Bluff, Missouri, to seek and preach to his fellow man who lived amid the sinfulness of metropolitan St. Louis. This ambitious minister, abounding with all the energy inherent to a robust ex-prizefighter in his early twenties, stood a towering six feet, four inches tall. His weight was proportionate with his height. There was another quality about this extraordinary newcomer to St. Louis: he possessed a humility that was noticeably inconsistent with his appearance. He knew-even at that tender age-what his mission in life was.
Another thing that intrigued the casual onlooker was the sincerity with which this young man moved. When other young men of his peer group were often sidetracked with fun and games-even clean, wholesome fun-Bishop Scott occupied himself with the seriousness of his mission. When this young man spoke, you knew he meant business. One might wonder what possessed him to produce the drive and determination which flowed from his presence. Whenever asked, he would reply, “I’ve been called of God! I am not my own man, I belong to God.” Bishop Scott had to be called of God! As Jesus once stated, “no man can do these things except God be with him …” In order to become “St. Louis’ preacher,” Bishop Scott needed a church. He had no money-nor friends with money-with which to purchase a church. As a young man, he continued his walk with the Lord at the Overcoming Church of God, under the pasturage of the late Bishop Thomas Gibson. It was there that he accepted the fullness of the Godhead, was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. During this time, he became acquainted with Sister Louvenia Williams. Their friendship blossomed into love and on October 18, 1930, they were united in holy matrimony. This union lasted more than fifty years before she preceded him in death on August 21, 1981. Indeed, Mother Scott was a helpmate to her husband, and she was an inspiration to many.
With his faithful wife at his side, Bishop Scott continued to work faithfully in God’s vineyard, later forming the Lively Stone Prayerband. From this prayerband the Lively Stone Church of God got its humble beginnings in the year of 1934. Another need he faced was that of providing shelter for his growing family-he needed a home. With limited resources, but unlimited wisdom, he decided to combine the two needs into one building at 2621 Lawton; a venue which was suitable for both a church and a home for his family. He personally tore out the walls on the first level and reconstructed it into a church of sorts where he could preach, teach and pray with those who availed themselves of the potential benefit from his ministry.
An amazing thing happened over the next few years; people came from all over St. Louis-and even East St. Louis-to hear and be helped by this towering symbol of faith and hope. The more people came, the harder Bishop Scott worked. Very soon, the Lawton building was too small; the church was forced to seek another home. The members were able to purchase a church (real church building) at 1208 North Sarah as the home of the growing assembly. New members continued to pour into the church. Again, Bishop Scott and members found themselves in a building that was too small for the crowd of people coming to hear his sermon and to accept the message of salvation. The church moved to the corner of St. Louis and Warne Avenues. This was a large church which the congregation thought would meet their needs forever. But, in a few years, it too was too small. Fortunately, it was situated across the street from a larger church (4015 St. Louis Ave.). Bishop Scott was able to purchase the church and move the congregation across the street to the larger facility.
Developing new churches was a gift Bishop Scott utilized well. Bishop Scott successfully founded churches in Kentucky, California, Illinois, Oregon and Mississippi. For thirty-eight years Bishop Scott served a dual pastorate, serving Lively Stone of St. Louis and Lively Stone in Nortonville, Kentucky. Dr. Alphonso Scott succeeded as pastor of the Nortonville church upon his father’s resignation. The name Lively Stone Church of God was adopted by many churches developed under Bishop P.L. Scott’s tutelage.
Bishop Scott was also widely known for one of the first religious broadcasts in St. Louis, now called “Voice in the Wilderness” providing comfort and spiritual uplifting to thousands. Bishop Scott never took a vacation. You could always find him working on one project or another for the church. He was blessed, but it is through his work for others, not for himself.
Recalling Sunday morning service, July 14, 1985, after Bishop Scott’s short hospitalization, he stood before us to let us know who our next pastor would be. I quote his words, “You don’t have to call the Presiding Bishop. The Presiding Bishop is speaking. Your next pastor will be my son, District Elder Alphonso Scott.”
Many tributes were given to this Servant of God; Bishop Scott was blessed to witness the fulfillment of his dream with the completion of the Bishop P.L. Scott Crosswalk, known as the “Chapel in the Sky”. This great edifice will remain as a monument of his faithful leadership. The last tribute for him was the changing of the name, Warne Street to Bishop P.L. Scott Avenue, in the summer of 1986.
On February 7, 1987, at 6:15AM, Bishop P.L. Scott again answered the call of God, this time from labor to reward.
Often we read in history about men with greatness equal to that of Bishop Scott; I am blessed to be one of the nine children he raised. My life, like the lives of countless others, was touched by him… Bishop Phillip Lee Scott-an unsung hero!