Among the six victims killed during the tragic shooting incident that took place at Nashville’s The Covenant School, one of them is a pastor’s youngest daughter. Hallie Scruggs was the 9-year-old daughter of Chad Scruggs, who serves as senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the school. Previously, Scruggs was a pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas and also served as a campus minister at SMU’s Reformed University Fellowship. Following the news of the incident, members of Park Cities, with whom the Scruggs family is still deeply connected, have rushed to Nashville to provide comfort to them.
As the nation continues to process the horror that unfolded Monday morning at The Covenant School, a Christian elementary academy in Nashville, Tennessee, heartbreaking new details continue to emerge.
Among the unimaginable stories, a pastor’s young daughter was reportedly one of the six victims killed during the mass shooting.
Hallie Scruggs, 9, was the youngest daughter of Chad Scruggs, senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, the house of worship affiliated with the school, and his wife, Jada, The New York Post reported.
Chad Scruggs previously served as pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, for nearly six years, and also worked as a campus minister at Reformed University Fellowship at SMU.
Mark Davis, senior pastor of Park Cities, told WFAA-TV the Scruggs family is still close with the church community and that members of Park Cities have flown to Nashville to offer comfort during this time.
“They are so deeply connected to this [church] body,” Davis said. “Even now, members of our church are flying to Nashville to be with them. The impact they had here was enormous.”
The family had recently visited Dallas after Scruggs was invited back to preach. Davis said the Scruggs’ four children always seem to have a deep and profound faith as well as a “radiance.”
“All four of their children had that radiance; we talk about the radiance of Christ, even at a young age,” he told WFAA-TV. “They’re gifted children, they really are. But they’re godly children.”
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