Are there still religious snake handlers?
Most religious snake handlers are still found in the Appalachian Mountains and other parts of the southeastern United States, especially in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and South Carolina.
What religion are snake handlers?
Practiced by a small fraction of rural charismatic Protestants, snake handling is often identified with the Church of God with Signs Following or other holiness churches.
What happened to the preacher who got bit by a snake?
A pastor whose father died within seven minutes of being bitten by a snake has himself had to have emergency treatment after suffering the same injury. Cody Coots asked his congregation to take him to the mountaintop where God would judge whether he lives or dies.
What happened to Jamie Coots?
Gregory James Coots (November 17, 1971 – February 15, 2014) was a Pentecostal pastor in Kentucky who was featured in the National Geographic Channel reality television show Snake Salvation, which documented the lives of people who practice snake handling. Coots died from a rattlesnake bite during a service.
How old is Pentecostal church?
The origins of Pentecostalism. Although Pentecostals trace their origin to the Apostles, the modern-day Pentecostal movement has its roots in the late 19th century, a time of mounting indifference to traditional religion. Denominations that were known for revivalistic fervour became subdued.
Where is Cody Coots now?
Cody Coots is following in his father’s footsteps, serving as a pastor in a church. Like his father, Coots is a snake handler. And like his father, he was bitten by a rattlesnake while leading a service in front of his Pentecostal congregation.
What happened to Katrina Coots?
A fatal car crash Wednesday night resulted in the loss of two Bell County women. Melissa Saylor, 49, and Katrina Coots, 26, died at the scene of the car crash, while they were on their way home from Crockett-Saylor Pentecostal Church. Both women attended sister churches, Crockett and Jensen Pentecostal churches.
Which church uses snakes?
Andrew Hamblin handles poisonous snakes every Sunday in the name of Jesus. At just 22, he leads Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., a Pentecostal church that practices a rare, century-old Christian tradition of worshipping God with venomous snakes like timber rattlers, cottonmouths, and copperheads.