Snake-handling preachers from LaFollette, Middlesboro get TV series on National Geographic

Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky., is featured in the reality show, “Snake Salvation.” 

(Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky., is featured in the reality show, “Snake Salvation.” (Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

A pair of serpent-handling Pentecostal preachers who were profiled in The Tennessean last year are getting their own reality television show.

“Snake Salvation” is set to debut Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Central time on the National Geographic Channel.

The series will feature Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

They are among a handful of believers in Appalachia who practice the so-called signs of the gospel, found in Mark 16: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

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