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Church of Christ preacher’s son starts at center for Green Bay Packers (Updated)

Update: The Tennessean reports on Wells’ Super Bowl win.

Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells (63) protects quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12). Wells is the son of a Church of Christ preacher. (Photo by George Walker IV, The Tennessean, via www.tennessean.com)

Scott Wells, the starting center for the Green Bay Packers — who face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl — is the son of a Church of Christ preacher.
The Tennessean interviewed Wells’ father, Wayne, for a feature on the challenges and personal tragedy overcome by his son:

“Everything Scott has experienced has helped make him the man he is today,” said his father, Wayne Wells, a preacher at Gainesboro Church of Christ. “Football is what he does, and a Godly man is what he is. I’m very proud of him.”

The Crowley Star in Texas features Scott Wells in a separate story.
Joe Wells, Scott’s brother, is editor of Kaio, a Focus Press publication for teens, and a popular speaker for youth events. I met Joe Wells last summer during the “Christ Is The Answer” door-knocking campaign and gospel meeting in Parkersburg, W.Va.
The Packer center’s great-uncle Ray Wells, who spent 40 years as a pulpit minister and still preaches occasionally for the Jasper Church of Christ in Texas, told The Christian Chronicle in an email:

“Scott is himself a faithful Christian and a great example in the world of professional sports.”


  • Feedback
    Hey- this is awesome! I have been to several speaking events with Joe and we’ve talked about his brother a little bit- it’s got to be something to see your brother or son play in a game with so much on the line (at least from a sports perspective)!
    Adam Richardson
    February, 4 2011

    Also on the Green Bay roster is Graham Harrell, former Texas Tech quarterback. His father, Sam Harrell, is a former Ennis High School football coach, and is an elder at Creekside Church of Christ, in Midlothian, Texas.
    Don Hicks
    February, 4 2011

    Hi Don,
    Thanks for letting us know about <a href=”http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Graham-Harrell/5f0588c8-a6d2-4132-a4b5-2bf0583aaad6″ rel=”nofollow”>Graham.</a> I <a href=”https://christianchronicle.org/article2158590~No_football_feud:_Harrells_and_McCoys_on_friendly_terms_” rel=”nofollow”>wrote a column</a> about the church roots of Graham and Colt McCoy when they were both vying for the Heisman. But I don’t follow the NFL closely enough to know that Graham was on the Packers’ roster.
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    February, 4 2011

    I assume the Gainesboro church is in Tennessee
    but it would be nice if the article said do.
    James Hopper
    February, 4 2011

    Any connection to the Wayne Wells of OU fame? He was an Olympic wrestler; gold medal if memory serves.
    Raymond Johnson
    February, 4 2011

    James, yes, the church is in Tennessee. Since the article was in The Tennessean, I am sure they did not feel a need to point that out.
    Raymond, I don’t know. Good question!
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    February, 4 2011

    I was already for Green Bay in the Super Bowl but now that I’ve learned that Scott Wells is a Christian I will especially be pulling for him and his team. “In honor perfering one another.”
    Guy Hester
    February, 4 2011

    great to hear about these young men. did not know and would
    like to reach out to them someday, if you can assist please let
    me know.
    cecil cooper
    February, 5 2011

    hey guys, remember “seven” is ” heaven!!!!!!!
    i was born and raised in the “burgh” and i am true to my roots!!
    scott is a nice story, i wish him well!!!
    ed koehler
    julian avenue church of christ
    lakeside cal.
    ed koehler
    February, 5 2011

    I have always been a Cowboy rooter but, since they are not going to be there I wanted the Packers to win. Now I really want them to win! LOL!Go Pack
    Dannel Lawrence
    February, 5 2011

    I’m trying to figure out which is cooler, the Wells story or the fact that Cecil Cooper commented on it! God bless!
    Keith Kasarjian
    February, 5 2011

    The <em>Abilene Reporter-News</em> has <a href=”http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/feb/05/acus-harrell-rooting-for-packers-151-and-brother/” rel=”nofollow”>this story</a> related to Graham’s brother, an ACU senior, rooting for the Packers.
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    February, 6 2011

    GO PACK GO! :~)
    B. Keith Brumley
    February, 6 2011

    Brother or not, I’m still rooting for the Steelers!
    Scott Walton
    February, 6 2011

    Great story!
    Sophina James
    February, 6 2011

    Another good reason to root for the Packers!
    Ann Greer
    February, 6 2011

    I am Scott’s aunt and a member of the Church. My father(and Wayne’s father and Scott’s grandfather and Ray’s brother), Weldon C Wells, was also a preacher with the church of Christ. and a huge football fan. He was very proud of Scott while he was alive, as are all of us today.
    I know in my heart he was with Scott and his family watching the game closely and cheering him on.
    Congratulations Scott and Green Bay!
    Donna Wells Mixon
    February, 7 2011

    Scott is a example that young people who connect themselves to God will excel. We are members of the Hillsborough Church of Christ in Tampa, Fla. We are very proud of your accomplishment. Thank you for your example to other young people.
    Wayne and Clara morey
    February, 7 2011

    Are Joe and Wayne wells the sons of Marvin Wells who lived near Dunmore, KY in the 1950’s?
    Freeda Holladay
    February, 7 2011

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