Apostle Paul Fredrick Scott was born November 27, 1943, in Cincinnati, OH. He was the son of the late Chief Apostle Fred C. Scott and Elect Lady Mother Edith Scott. As his parent’s lost their first-born son, he was the eldest of nine siblings, two brothers and six sisters.
As a child, young Paul grew up in the West End and attended Sands Elementary school. The family later moved to Evanston and Paul attended Withrow Junior-Senior High School, 7-12th grade, graduating in 1961. As a boy, he was a member of the Evanston Boy Scouts, one of the 1st African-American troops. As a high school student, Paul was a member of the Boys Glee Club, the chaplain of the Omega Kappa High School Fraternity, and an artist for the Annual Yearbook. Paul was an extremely gifted artist earning an art scholarship to Europe.
The Lord had different artistry in mind for Paul’s life – the art of spreading the Gospel. Paul’s anointing to share the God’s Word shined through at an early age. At the age of 4, his mother would stand him on the table to sing at his father’s church, House of God Church on 6th and James. As teenagers, he and his brother Larry started the singing group the Wonder Boys, which later became the Wonder Voices adding group members Harry Calloway, Richard Campbell, Bonita Fairbanks (Campbell), and eventually Curtis Joash and Marcella Hamner. Paul received the Holy Ghost at a young age and began preaching at the age of thirteen.
Paul was a visionary and spiritual pioneer. He consistently initiated innovative ideas to further the progress of the church and to keep it relevant with the changing times. He started the Angelic Choir with his godmother Sis. Carrie Lyons and served as its first director. In the early 60s, he founded the Junior Missionaries as a way to reach out to young people. In 1964, he transformed the Sabbath School structure from the traditional one class structure to a multiple class format similar to a regular school setting. This “new school” was branded as the Truth Through Reasoning.
In 1967, Paul was ordained an Elder in the National House of God and was appointed as the youngest member to the Apostle Board. He was one of the first to use the title Apostle (only second to Apostle Ragland). In 1974, he along with Bishop Clark, Bishop Daily, Dea. John Hamner Sr., and Minister Smith co-founded the Kentucky College of Contemporary Religion College (KCCR). Apostle Paul served as the first dean and he along with the others developed a full curriculum and obtained full accreditation for the institution. Along with conferring degrees, the college under Apostle Paul’s leadership created the first-ever standard of operating procedures for the National House of God to accompany the Guiding Star, the doctrinal manual. This companion piece, the Guiding Light, was named by Apostle Paul. He would later be ordained a Bishop as well and appointed Kentucky State Superintendent.
For many years, Apostle Paul was a loyal servant under his father’s ministry and church, the House of God, Lockland, OH, and in 1969 was named Co-Pastor. In 1973, Apostle Paul received the call to begin a “mission” with a humble following operating from his home on Clinton Springs, in North Avondale. This Mission began as outreach ministry of the Lockland church and as it grew in size, Apostle Paul was given the charge by the Chief Apostle, Bishop S. P. Rawlings to establish and pastor a church.
New Commandment Christian Fellowship was established and located at 3015 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH. New Commandment operated as members of The House of God for many years and flourished in number and Apostle Paul was given fresh vision for the body. This location established the church Day Care, which operated successfully for many years. The church moved in 1989 to 2053 Courtland Avenue in Norwood, OH, where the church began outreach ministries such as T.E.A.M. Ministries, which gathered ministers throughout the city for networking and empowerment of church leaders. The church also worked closely with the community and through companies such as Kraft Heinz to build a state-of-the-art playground on the Pippin property. Apostle Paul was inspired to change the name of the church to
“New Commandment House of Prayer” and began worshipping at Pleasant Hill Academy. Here the church joined its efforts with different community outreach programs, such as Matthew 25, Gospel City Mission and Three Women Incorporated to spread God’s love. In 2020 Apostle Paul oversaw the purchase of a new church home located at 719 Kenworth Avenue in Hamilton, OH. With this acquisition Bishop ensured his flock would be cared for and sheltered even in his physical absence. In addition to his many years in ministry, Apostle Paul also obtained a degree in teaching from Central State University. Early in his career, he taught at Cincinnati Public Schools and was an instructor at Southern Ohio Business College, before devoting full-time to the ministry. He made such an impression on his students, many of them later became members of his church.
Apostle Paul was devoted husband and loved his family deeply. He married his first wife Patricia Corbean Scott (Patsy) in 1968 and added five children to their family. They were married for 14 years until her passing in 1982. He was a dedicated and caring single father for years. In spite of the challenges, he made sure to keep his family together, raised them in the faith, and found time to take them on a family vacation every year. He married Elect Lady Margo Scott in 1989 and added to his family her three daughters. Apostle Paul and Lady Margo were married for 31 years, sharing a deep love for the Lord and each other. They were a mighty duo, and he often acknowledge her as the “essence of his quintessence.”
Apostle Paul’s positivity was contagious. His comedic timing and taglines were his calling card but his precision in deciphering God’s word was his hallmark. He was always quick to remind anyone he was “blessed and highly favored (and good looking!)”And if you ever heard him preach, you had the pleasure of giving him a “good Hallelujah!!” He was known as a righteous man of God, a humble servant. A wise soul, just like the owls he collected. He was a dynamic leader, prophet and counselor. A husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, Pastor, Bishop and friend.
Apostle took his rest from this earthly life March 12, 2021, and is now waiting for that great day to “enter through the gates into the city” and walk with God. He is preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Scott, his parents, the Chief Apostle Bishop Fred C. Scott and Elect Lady Mother Edith B. Scott, his sister Regina Embry; his brother Fred Scott Jr.; his aunt and uncles; Eudetha Brand, Paul and John Scott, and Robert Watts; and his godmother, Sis. Carrie Lyons. He leaves to celebrate his life in homegoing his wife Elect Lady Margo Scott; eight children; Carrie Scott Taylor, Renae Hamner (Issach), Bobbie GraySpraggins (Darrell), Melissa Ross (Andre), Tiffany McDonald (Orville), Seleta “Dana” Bishop, Paul “PJ” Scott Jr. (Kelly), and Paula “Shelley” Scott-Taylor (Brent); two brothers and five sisters; Bishop Larry Scott (Linda), Connie Brown, Mildred Johnson, Marjorie Hunter (Michael), Pamela Mitchell (Joseph), John Scott, and Vera Johnson; his aunt; Beulah Mack; his best-friends and close trusted advisors, Bishop Melvin and Elect Lady Deborah Gaines; 26 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, his godchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, church family, and friends.
Apostle Paul F. Scott will be remembered for his preaching and teaching, his singing and dancing, and his laughter and joy that filled every room he entered. A charismatic and one-of-a-kind personality, a change-agent, a man of honor, a royal priest for the Kingdom of God.