My name is Dan Betters. I am the lead preaching pastor of Stone’s Throw Church which I helped to plant. This church began with the help of many people and continues to move forward because many people understand the mission and vision. I am glad to be a part of it.
My wife and I married in 2000. We now have five children. My wife has been my pastor through my seminary education, licensing and ordination study, and planting this church. I love my family dearly. All of my children are a great blessing to me and I love spending every minute possible with them. We enjoy the ministry together.
I began full time ministry in 1998 immediately following my graduation from the University of Delaware. I began work in full time ministry as the Youth Pastor at the Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bear, DE. In 2004 I started taking seminary seriously and enrolled with Reformed Theological Seminary and would eventually graduate in 2008. While pursuing my seminary degree with RTS I was licensed and ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) . I was called and installed as an associate pastor at Glasgow Church and began to preach on a regular basis.
In 2009, life changed for me and my family. God had a lot of work to do in my life that he faithfully continues to do to this day. This was the year when our journey to adopt our daughter would lead us to India just 6 weeks after our fourth child was born. We were now the proud parents of an infant, 1-year-old, a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a 6-year-old. We had barely settled in when the Elder of the church where I was serving asked me if I wanted to plant a church in Middletown. Naturally, I said yes, because you know that was the best time to plant a church. It wasn’t easy at home. In retrospect it would have been wise to wait. During the remainder of 2009 God would do a great work of grace in both my heart and my wife’s heart as he prepared us to help launch Stone’s Throw Church.
Stone’s Throw Church landed in Middletown in April of 2010, just a few months after we began meeting with leadership and planning the vision. I am so glad to be a part of this church and to be have the opportunity to preach the Gospel each and every week. I look forward to being the pastor of Stone’s Throw Church for as long as God allows.
My life has been pretty neat. If someone were to have told me as a young man that I would one day become a Christian, I would have mocked them pretty severely. Actually, come to think of it, someone did tell me that once and I think I said, "ummm….oookay." I was a bi-racial, Generation X, bi-focal wearing, non-religious, trailer-dwelling, latch-key kid with divorced parents, who had to deal with all kinds of social abuse from fellow students, teachers, and even bus drivers. From an outsider's perspective, I had a lot of chips stacked against me growing up. But I was a really sweet kid and my parents loved me and wanted me to succeed.
I thought religion was pretty stupid. And I found Christians to be especially annoying. I think that in all the struggles I faced in my childhood, my ability to generally do the right thing became my god. I was an incredibly moral person, even though I had no particular foundation to base that morality on. I was also very responsible. This frame of mind continued into my young adult years as I moved away from home, got my own place, worked hard in a fledging career, and became quite popular. Life was very good for me. I had no need for a god.
But Jesus eventually got a hold of me through a huge idol: girls. It was through a terrible breakup that I ended up hitting an unbelievably dark time. I couldn't sleep, eat, or work. For months. To compound it, my own weakness became disgusting to me. Why could I not overcome this?? Well, on the other end of the drama was another girl who was in love with Christ and through my friendship with her, I began to gain an understanding of what the Gospel meant. In December of 1997, in my apartment, all alone, I asked God to rescue me from myself. I felt a new hope and excitement that I will never be able to describe. I went to church at Glasgow the next day and have never looked back.
I met the love of my life, June Belle, truly the very person I had always dreamed of, less than two years later. We married in 2001 and have had a joyous marriage. My wife is my best friend and knows all my crap. She keeps it real. God has also given me three daughters; Cecilia, Lydia, and Julia. Unbelievable. What I once idolized (female relationships), he has transformed into beautiful gifts. I'm now surrounded by girls, but because my self-worth is hidden in Christ I can enjoy these blessings as they're meant to be enjoyed.
I've been on staff at Glasgow since September 2004 handling the business affairs of the church. In December of 2010, my long-perceived call into formal ministry was confirmed by the Session, and I am now laboring to oversee the community group efforts at Stone's Throw.
My life is radically different than I imagined it'd be. That's why it's been neat.