Bishop William Darryl Scott, Sr. D. D.
Virginia Beach - William Darryl Scott Sr. was born in Portsmouth, Va. to the late Mrs. Hazel V. Scott and the late John R. Scott and departed this life on November 26, 2013. He received his early education in the Portsmouth and Chesapeake Public Schools, respectively, and earned his high school diploma from Crestwood High School. He matriculated to Norfolk State University and studied Economics. He continued his formal preparation at Springfield Christian Seminary and Bible College, a former academic affiliate of Wheaton Seminary in Springfield, Mass., and earned a Bachelor's degree in Theology. He successfully completed the Certification for Church Business Administrators at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. and entered the Masters of Divinity Program at the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In 2005, Bishop Scott earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Springfield Seminary and Bible College and received an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, Fla. in 2007.
Bishop Scott answered the call to the gospel ministry and was licensed to preach on August 31, 1975, at Fourth Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va. under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Spencer L. Scott Jr. In October 1980, he was ordained at Fourth Baptist Church by Dr. Spencer L. Scott Jr.; and in November 1980, he accepted the pastorate at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va. On November 11, 2007, he was consecrated to the Office of Bishop. He was designated as a Chief Apostle on November 28, 2009.
As a gifted pianist, organist, and songwriter, Bishop Scott started playing as early as eight years old and willingly shared the gifts and talents God had placed in his seed.
During his tenure at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bishop Scott developed and implemented many programs to enhance and empower the spiritual growth of the congregation which grew from 100 to over 3,500 members. Many ministers were licensed under his leadership, and many of them have been called to pastorates. Currently the church retains 23 associates that work diligently in ministerial staff leadership positions.
Bishop Scott served the community in many capacities. He co-hosted the popular Sunday morning TV show "Spread A Little Sunshine" with its host, the Reverend Billy Lee, for three years; and he hosted "The Church and Community Forum" radio program sponsored by the Tidewater Co-Op of McDonald's Corporation. He served as vice-chairman of the Virginia Beach Ecumenical Housing Association. Under his leadership, the organization was incorporated and became The Samaritan House. He was an executive board member of the Baptist General Convention; vice-chair of the Community Organization Incentive Grant Committee; a delegate to the President's Summit on Youth, a mayoral appointment; a member of the Church Business Administrators Association; a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors; an executive board member, and a regional vice-president of the Hampton University's Minister's Conference. Additionally, he was affiliated with the National Baptist U.S.A. and served as the moderator for the Norfolk Union Baptist Association for four years. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Urban Development at Regent University.
In 2003, Everlasting Life Ministries (ELM) was founded by Bishop Scott as the Chief Executive Officer and Rev. Joyce Anne Rose is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. ELM is an Evangelistic Empowerment Ministry that reaches local, national, and international boundaries. In 2004, two new ministries sprouted from this seed: Everlasting Life Alliance of Ministries (ELAM) and Vision Feed 5000, a ministry committed to providing food to the homeless, hungry, and others in need.
Bishop Scott successfully ministered in the countries of Cuba, England, Japan, South Africa and West Africa. He was recently invited to the Philippines, India, Japan, and Pakistan.
Knowing that the works of a good man can always be complemented by the support and love of a caring wife, Bishop Scott was happily married for the past 36 years to the former Joyce Anne Rose of Franklin, Va. Reverend J. Rose, as she is lovingly called currently serves as Pastoral Administrative Assistant at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; Chief Operating Officer of Everlasting Life Ministries (ELM); and Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. He was the proud father of two wonderful children: Tasha Dominique Scott-Beverly, an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Norfolk, Va. and Vice-President of Ministry and Administrative Overview with Everlasting Life Ministries (ELM); and William Darryl Scott Jr., Director of Operations, Media, and Marketing at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; and Vice-President of Fiscal Accountability and Business Marketing of Everlasting Life Ministries (ELM), both in Virginia Beach, Va. He had two granddaughters: Nia Alesa Mikkel Beverly and Brooklynn Alexis Mikkel Beverly and a son-in-law, Attorney Michael Beverly. Bishop Scott is survived by his siblings: Carmela Hardy of Chesapeake, Va., Reverend Hazel Greenhowe of Chesterfield, Va., Reverend Cessar L. Scott Sr. (Shirleva) of Richmond, Va., John R. Scott Jr. (Janet) of San Diego, Calif., Spencer Scott, III (Ozella) of Portsmouth, Va., Aaron K. Scott (Donna) of Portsmouth, Va., Karl Marcus Scott of Chesapeake, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren and other relatives and friends.
A life celebration service on Tues., Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2153 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, Va. Viewing on Mon., Dec. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel, 120 W. Berkley Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. There will also be a viewing at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Tues., Dec. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. The entombment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park, 631 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Floral arrangements should be delivered to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Funeral services have been entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service.
Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 1, 2013.