SEASON(S): 1 (17 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES: series finale aired on 2/20/14
DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, February 2014) National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today a special episode that will examine the life of Pastor Jamie Coots, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during church service this past Saturday and died that evening after reports that his family refused medical attention following his wishes. In practicing his religious beliefs, Pastor Coots' unfaltering dedication to his faith was often tested by health and legal risks. Snake Salvation: They Shall Take Up Serpents, a compilation from the series, will premiere tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For nearly 20 years, Pastor Coots led the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, founded by his grandfather, in Middlesboro, Ky. During the course of the series, Snake Salvation, NGC was granted rare inside access into his congregation, often referred to as the "Holiness" faith, an offshoot of Pentecostalism. NGC cameras followed Pastor Coots and his fellow pastor, Andrew Hamblin, as they led their separate churches in this tradition. For them, the work was always challenging, but they believe handling snakes is nothing short of a commandment from God, literally taken from the Bible. They have been determined to keep their tradition alive - no matter the cost.