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Yeovil's Elim Pentecostal church gets new youth pastor
Scott Higgs, Youth Pastor, Elim Pentecostal Church
Scott lived in Sydney for four years and trained as a youth pastor there

A youth pastor, who suffered physical and verbal abuse while growing up, aims to help other young people going through the same experience he had.

Scott Higgs trained in youth ministry in Australia and has started working at Elim Pentecostal Church in Yeovil.

He will focus on visiting schools and running drop-in sessions at the church.

Scott is originally from Essex but lived in Australia for four years where he trained at Hillsong Church, Sydney for a year in youth leadership.

'Valuable person'

Scott feels well-placed to understand the issues he feels a lot of young people are going through in this day and age, because of abuse he says he suffered as a teenager.

"At home I had no worth or value put on me as a person and was being bullied at the same time at school. I went through those two things which were a big, bad influence in my life.

"To try and get through that was hard and there were times when it just got too much, I couldn't take it and I literally tried to commit suicide and end my life."

For Scott, his turning point came during a visit to England, where he met up with his youth pastors in Essex who gave him the support he needed.

"They showed me that I was a valuable person and I was loved by them and by other people. They were my influence and that's where I want to be - the influence for young people as well."

While working in Yeovil, Scott will focus on building up the outreach work for the younger members of the congregation, dealing with issues such as bullying and peer pressure.

'Honour and privilege'

Hillsong Church, where Scott trained, is a Pentecostal church and is termed as a 'mega church' because the weekly congregations attract thousands of people; Hillsong itself attracts in the region of 20,000 each week.

"My ultimate goal is to show people the way of Jesus Christ and how he has transformed my life because he is living today, so that is my end goal as a youth pastor, but before that it is to just help young people.

"The experience I've had is a heck of a lot of life experience, I may not be completely qualified to work with issues [as a trained counsellor specialising in treating drug and alcohol addictions].

"Just to be able to help young people get through it is a great honour and privilege."

Scott's Edge and Youth & Edge Breakers will start again on Friday, 5 March 2010 at Elim Christian Centre, Larkhill Road, Yeovil.

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