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June 21, 2012
By Christine Kapurch
Chulafinnee Baptist Church, Heflin
Cleburne Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Psalm 100:1
Favorite Hymn: “Blessed Assurance”
Hobbies: Sewing and gardening
Family Status: Widowed after 59 years of marriage to Charles; four children, Charles, David, Marie and Julie; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren
Bettie Houston has not only led the choir for 47 years but also started the junior choir and the Children’s Sunshine Choir at Chulafinnee Baptist Church. She was the first to incorporate musicals at the church in 1970 starting with Down by the Creek Bank. She served as church treasurer for 21 years and was a Sunday School teacher for 41 years.
Q: What led you to serve your church’s Woman’s Missionary Union?
A: I thought I wanted to be a missionary and (then) I got married at 17 and had children right away so I didn’t have the opportunity. This was where I felt called.
Q: Why have you continued your ministry service through the years?
A: Well I feel like God has a purpose for everyone’s life, and I feel like mine is to serve in the choir and to help other people.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: Being obedient to Christ and serving others.
Q: What do you get from serving in ministry?
A: I have a peace and a comfort that whatever comes my way God will be with me. Seeing all of my children be Christians. … It’s just a joy to serve.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: They’ve always supported me. They are all there to help when I need it.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in ministry work in the future?
A: As long as I am physically able I plan on going to church and serving in any way I can. I like to encourage people.
Q: What difference will this ministry service make for you in the future?
A: Just the joy and satisfaction that I receive from trying to do God’s will.