Howell graduated from George Washington University in 1988 and from Florida State University College of Law in 1991. Following law school, Howell moved back to his hometown, Lake Placid, Florida, to begin his law career. After spending three years practicing law, Howell answered God’s call to the Gospel Ministry in December 1993. In preparation for ministry, Howell and his wife, Brenda, moved to Louisville, Kentucky where they both attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with Master of Divinity degrees in December 1997.
Since entering full-time ministry, Howell has served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, Poinciana, Florida, Pastor of Grundy Baptist Church in Grundy, Virginia, Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and, prior to returning to New Mexico, as Senior Pastor of Ramoth Baptist Church in Stafford, Virginia.
Howell and Brenda, who were married on July 18, 1992, have been blessed with three sons: Stephen (20), Jacob (18), and Andrew (14). In addition to serving in the local church, the Scotts enjoy spending time with their family, outdoor recreation, travel, and sports. Although born and raised in Florida, the Scott family loves New Mexico and is thankful to answer God’s call to serve alongside the people of First Baptist Church Carlsbad.
Howell has often been asked how he went from lawyer to pastor. He tells people that he once was in law, but God called him to grace. He loves to preach God’s word and to share the life-transforming message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption found in the Gospel of Christ. Howell’s favorite verse of Scripture is found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the LORD forever, because in the LORD, the LORD himself, is an everlasting rock!”
Howell enjoys writing and blogging. He originally began From Law to Grace in July 2010. Some of his posts have been quoted in ESPN: The Magazine, The New York Times, Christianity Today, and The Huffington Post.