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Jett killed in motorcycle accident

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 - 2:30 PM CST

Former Shapes Mentoring Program Director Scott Jett,  born 1975, died 2008
Scott Jett
February 8, 1975 -
September 12, 2008

Scott Jett, 33, who became the first director of the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy's Shapes Mentoring Program in 2005, died this past Friday evening in a motorcycle accident.

According to police reports, Jett was killed about two miles east of his home in Morrisville, Missouri, on Highway 215 when his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle crossed the center line, striking an oncoming car head-on. Minutes later, he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle received moderate and minor injuries, respectively.

"Scott brought a tremendous love for kids, a real passion for young people, a passion for families and for reestablishing parent-child relationships [to the Shapes program]," says Chaplaincy Director Al Worthley. "I loved his zest for life. He was involved in a lot of things. He wanted to impact people's lives and he wanted to see people have a good relationship with God. He had a call upon his life - he took that seriously and he lived it."

This past August, Jett had stepped down as the director of the Shapes Mentoring Program to take a position at Central Bible College in Springfield, as an associate professor teaching Youth Ministry and Psychology.

"He bonded with the students very well in a short time," said CBC President Gary Denbow. "That was really solidified when he preached the opening service of Spiritual Emphasis Week on Monday [September 8]. He was tenacious and energetic, almost to a fault - he always made me feel like I was not moving because he was moving so fast. When he came to CBC [from Shapes], he directed that tremendous energy he had to the students - and they picked up on that right away."

In addition to his role at CBC, Jett was a licensed Christian counselor, a member of the Springfield Police Department Chaplains Association and served as a member of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing teams. However, the roles where he will be missed most are those of husband and father.

Jett and his wife Cori were married in 1998. They have four children - Scott [Connor] (9), Caden (7), Grace (4) and Coltin (1) - with the family just recently learning that Cori was pregnant with their fifth child, due in March.

Services for Jett will be held at Praise Assembly of God in Springfield. Visitation will be held today from 6 - 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, also at Praise AG. Burial will be in Green Lawn North.

Central Bible College has set up a memorial fund for the family. Those desiring to assist the family can send their gift to: Scott Jett Memorial Fund, AG Credit Union, 1535 N. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65803.


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Former Shapes Mentoring Program Director Scott Jett,  born 1975, died 2008
Scott Jett
February 8, 1975 -
September 12, 2008

Scott Jett, 33, who became the first director of the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy's Shapes Mentoring Program in 2005, died this past Friday evening in a motorcycle accident.

According to police reports, Jett was killed about two miles east of his home in Morrisville, Missouri, on Highway 215 when his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle crossed the center line, striking an oncoming car head-on. Minutes later, he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle received moderate and minor injuries, respectively.

"Scott brought a tremendous love for kids, a real passion for young people, a passion for families and for reestablishing parent-child relationships [to the Shapes program]," says Chaplaincy Director Al Worthley. "I loved his zest for life. He was involved in a lot of things. He wanted to impact people's lives and he wanted to see people have a good relationship with God. He had a call upon his life - he took that seriously and he lived it."

This past August, Jett had stepped down as the director of the Shapes Mentoring Program to take a position at Central Bible College in Springfield, as an associate professor teaching Youth Ministry and Psychology.

"He bonded with the students very well in a short time," said CBC President Gary Denbow. "That was really solidified when he preached the opening service of Spiritual Emphasis Week on Monday [September 8]. He was tenacious and energetic, almost to a fault - he always made me feel like I was not moving because he was moving so fast. When he came to CBC [from Shapes], he directed that tremendous energy he had to the students - and they picked up on that right away."

In addition to his role at CBC, Jett was a licensed Christian counselor, a member of the Springfield Police Department Chaplains Association and served as a member of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing teams. However, the roles where he will be missed most are those of husband and father.

Jett and his wife Cori were married in 1998. They have four children - Scott [Connor] (9), Caden (7), Grace (4) and Coltin (1) - with the family just recently learning that Cori was pregnant with their fifth child, due in March.

Services for Jett will be held at Praise Assembly of God in Springfield. Visitation will be held today from 6 - 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, also at Praise AG. Burial will be in Green Lawn North.

Central Bible College has set up a memorial fund for the family. Those desiring to assist the family can send their gift to: Scott Jett Memorial Fund, AG Credit Union, 1535 N. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65803.


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Church Dedicates Alzheimer's Facility

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 - 9:53 AM CST

Memory Lane
Van Buren First Assembly of God's Memory Lane Alzheimer's Special Care Unit is considered the finest Alzheimer's facility in Arkansas and one of the best in the nation.

Many Assemblies of God churches care for the needy through food pantries, clothing banks, holiday meals and similar compassion ministries. But Van Buren (Arkansas) First Assembly of God may be the very first AG church to not only offer a retirement center for seniors, but now a fully-staffed care unit for individuals who have Alzheimer's or dementia.

The new $5 million, 34,000 square-foot Memory Lane Alzheimer's Special Care Unit, dedicated on November 13, was recently completed through the donation of a gift of $5 million given anonymously last November. The care unit is an addition to the already existing 60,000-square-foot Legacy Heights Retirement Center.

Senior Pastor Bobby Johnson, who has been ministering at the 1,100-member church for the past 34 years, says that in 2007 the church opened the Legacy Heights Retirement Center, offering 55 units for retirees.

Having converted a wing of the center into an Alzheimer's care unit in 2009, Johnson says at first the church struggled as the economy crash at that time took its toll. "But three years ago, a foundation offered us a $1 million grant, if we could match it," Johnson says. "We matched almost all of it and that helped us recover."

Memory Lane pictures
Much of the decor in Memory Lanes is designed to help those with Alzheimer's use their memories.

Apparently liking what Johnson and Van Buren First Assembly were doing, the same foundation came back to them this past November and offered the grant money to build a state-of-the-art Alzheimer's care facility.

AG General Treasurer Doug Clay spoke at the dedication of the new unit. "Thank you for being a wonderful and biblical example of excellence in ministry to our seniors," Clay said. "There is nothing quite like this . . . praise the Lord!"

When the new facility, which is expected to open by mid-December, is at capacity (40 patients), it will have a staff of 50 to 60 people, including nurses and other professional staff who will provide 24-hour care in private rooms. The facility is also licensed by the state.

"Memory Lane is divided into two mirroring pods of 16,000-square-feet each," Johnson says. "They each have 20 rooms and include a dining room, activities room, a beauty salon, whirlpool, an outdoor walking track within the confines of each pod, and between the pods is a safe room for residents of Legacy Heights and Memory Lane."

Clay observed that one out of eight Americans are now age 65 or older, with more than 5,500 Americans turning 65 every day. "As the percentage of older people in the population increases, problems, attitudes, responsibilities, and care related to the aging become matters of increasing concern," Clay said.

Pastor Bobby Johnson
Pastor Bobby Johnson

Johnson agrees with Clay's assessment. "Statistics say 1 out of 2 people who are 85 will contract this disease — a disease where there are no survivors."

According to what state officials have already communicated to Johnson, the new Alzheimer's facility is the best in the state and is one of the best in the nation.

"The difference is, this facility was built strictly for Alzheimer's patients — it's not an older building converted to house Alzheimer's patients," Johnson explains. "For example, our large outdoor walking track is secure, pictures and decorations are from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, which will help with memory, and each patient's door will have pictures of their family members on it."

What's more, Johnson says, those residents living at Legacy Heights and the patients soon to be a part of Memory Lane will continue to have the opportunities to hear the gospel message, through visitation of retired AG ministers and live-streaming of all church services.

And perhaps Clay summed the church's efforts up best when he said during the dedication, "Thank you for addressing this concern with care, quality and excellence."

For more information about Legacy Heights or Memory Lane, contact Van Buren First AG at info@vbfirst.com.

 

 

Keywords: AG churches
Authors: Dan Van Veen

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