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Introducing to Some…Presenting to Others…Reverend Hezekiah Benton, Jr. Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church

Who is this "Man of God"?

On the personal side…
H.K., as he is affectionately known, was first a son and brother…the sixth of seven children, born to Hezekiah and Rosie Hayes Benton. He is the father to four adult children, Jocelyn Benton Glenn, Anthony Benton, Shametria Nolley Dixon, and Quincy Nolley. Jazmine and Kevon Edward Glenn, Israel and Amrin Dixon, and John Quincy Nolley, call him "Grandpa". The golf course "draws him nearer to God" and offers an opportunity to exercise his body, mind, competitive spirit, and increase his level of patience.


On the professional side…
Growing up on his parents' farm contributed to his desire to continue to "play in the dirt" and "work the land". He began his professional career as a Soil Scientist with the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture in Greencastle and South Bend, Indiana. Like the disciples, he laid down the instruments of his trade, stood up on God's Word, and never looked back.

When and What…Accepting the Call to Serve…
Rev. Benton accepted the pastorate of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1978, one year after returning to the Atlanta area. Under his leadership, the church has expanded its "call to serve". He has helped the congregation become "A Praying, Praising People Serving A Powerful God".

An accomplished orator, he can be found preaching in Bethlehem's pulpit at the hours of eight and eleven o'clock a.m. on Sunday mornings; afternoon and evening services for fellow pastors and revivals across the country.

A Biblical scholar, he can be found in the church fellowship hall teaching Bible Study on Monday nights; lecturing at the New Era Convention, its member churches, or throughout educational institutions.

A community activist, he may be seen at the Newton County Jail, City Hall, or down on the square, speaking up for the rights of local citizens, or accepting the Newton County Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" Award.

A missionary, he is actively engaged in sharing God's Word in the halls of Newton Medical Center and surrounding health care facilities; helping persons on the streets of Covington, reaching out a helping hand to Katrina survivors, or mailing gifts to children and families residing in the villages of Africa.


An avid music lover, he participates in the music ministry, actively lending his tenor/ baritone voice to the song service.

A leader, you may have seen him serving as President of the Newton County Minister's Union and New Era State Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, or Interim Administrative Dean of the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

His athleticism includes mornings at the gym and on the track; catching a softball, fishing on the lake, or pondering at the eighteenth hole.

Where was he born, raised and educated?
He grew up in Bainbridge (Miller County), Georgia, graduating from Hutto High School in 1962. Four years later, he received his Bachelor's of Science in Agronomy, from Fort Valley State College. After receiving the call to the ministry, he matriculated at the Interdenominational Theological Center. From this great institution, he was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree.

How do you get to know him?
We know him to be an approachable, nurturing, personable servant of God. We invite you to come by the church during regular services, weekly Bible Study and Prayer Services, and/or call to make an appointment to visit with him.