Rachel Joy Scott was born on August 5, 1981, in Denver, Colorado. She was the third of five children born to Darrell Scott and Beth Nimmo. Scott's entire family are devout Christians .  Her father was a pastor at a church in Lakewood, Colorado, and worked as a sales manager for a Denver-based food company; her mother was a homemaker . Rachel's parents divorced in 1988, but maintained a cordial relationship,  and held joint custody of their children.   The following year, Beth and her children relocated to Littleton, Colorado, where she remarried in 1995.