Pastor Jamie Coots from "Snake Salvation" stars in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series.

For nearly 20 years, pastor Jamie Coots has led the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, founded by his grandfather, in Middlesboro, Kentucky. His father, Greg, was also a snake-handling minister, and Jamie's son "Little Cody" hopes to one day carry on the family tradition. Though Pastor Jamie lost half of a finger to a rattlesnake bite, he still believes he must take up serpents to follow
Jamie Coots Snake Salvation
Jamie Coots in "Snake Salvation" - © National Geographic Channel

his faith.

His biggest supporter is his wife, Linda, who plays instruments at every church service and adheres to their faith's strict tenets that forbid women from cutting their hair, wearing makeup or wearing pants. Though she gets nervous watching her husband at work, Linda feels no fear when handling snakes herself — describing it as "a calm" that overtakes her.

"My job as pastor is to kindly keep myself and my flock in line, and to do what we feel is right according to the word of God," says Pastor Jamie. "To me it's as much a commandment from God when he said 'they shall take up serpents,' as it was when he said 'thou shall not commit adultery.'"


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Current Residence: Kentucky





'Snake Salvation' Holds Death in Bare Hands — Premiering September 10, the new National Geographic Channel series takes a hissing look at two pastors in the heart of Appalachia who lead congregations in the religious ritual of snake handling. Read more...





 
 
 
 
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