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POSTED: June 26, 2007 5:07 a.m.
Pastor Kevin L. Betton has an intense desire to see people grow in the knowledge of the Word of God. He has a powerful preaching and teaching ministry that has touched the lives of many people.
“Witnessing the lives of members being changed through the ministry of the Word and the fellowship of the saints is what inspires me as a pastor,” Betton, founder of Temple of Praise Church in Hinesville, said.
He established the ministry in July 1998. and two-and-one-half years ago began a second church in Jesup.
Both churches have experienced rapid growth. The Hinesville church has a membership of about 250 and the Jesup church about 50 members.
Not only has he seen physical growth, but members have grown spiritually under his anointed teaching and preaching.  
“Even with the deployment, the Temple experiences new members joining on a monthly basis,” he said. To better equip his members, he recently completed a doctorate in Christian counseling from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
On June 3, members from both churches and his family gathered at Temple of Praise in Hinesville to honor him on his new accomplishment.
“The Temple of Praise family is very proud of your accomplishment,” First Lady Lorraine Betton said.  
Congratulatory remarks by Bishop Charles E. Wiley were sent via video presentation. Bishop Wiley serves as the pastor of the Blessed Hope Community Church in Hopewell, Va., and is Dr. Betton’s spiritual mentor.
Pastor Betton has served in ministry for over 22 years and has been a pastor for 11. His advice to other pastors is, “never allow anyone or anything to divert you from your call ... Whenever you feel like quitting, remember the book of Nehemiah, and don’t come down from the wall of ministry.”
Temple of Praise has ministries to strengthen the family, such as a monthly marriage ministry designed to strengthen the marital bond. There are also events outside the church such as bowling, skating and other activities. And in Jesup, there are nursing home and  prison ministries. Also, Dr. Betton has performed mission work in Nigeria, Haiti and Kenya.  
His vision for the ministry is to establish and maintain in-reach ministries that meet the spiritual and physical needs of its members.  
“We want to provide an outreach ministry that responds to the biblical mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also want to serve as a branch on the Tree of the Church of “Hinesville” where fruit can be obtained for the nourishment of the citizens of this community,” he said.
Betton has a radio ministry that reaches thousands of lives weekly.  It is aired on WGML 99.0 (AM) in Hinesville at 10 a.m. Mondays and WTLD 90.5 (FM) in Jesup at noon Wednesdays.  
He said a “person’s destiny is determined by their own decisions. Choose to trust and obey God in all you say and do, and He will work things together for your good.”
Temple of Praise plans to establish a Christian bookstore in Hinesville in July.    
A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y.,  Betton and his family moved to this area via the military. On July 18, he and his wife will celebrate 28 years of marriage. They have two sons, a daughter and one granddaughter. Both sons are in the military. Kevin Jr is a sergeant and minister, and Jermaine is a sergeant.
In his spare time, Dr. Betton enjoys golfing.
 

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