June 16, 1825, Nor­wich, Nor­folk, Eng­land.

Oc­to­ber 30, 1825, St. Ste­phen’s Church, Nor­wich, Eng­land.

Sep­tem­ber 2, 1898, at his home The Elms in Thurm­as­ton, Lei­ces­ter­shire.

Bel­grave Ce­me­te­ry, Red Hill Way, Lei­ces­ter, Eng­land.


Betts was the on­ly son of Hen­ry Betts (one time Bap­tist min­is­ter in Yar­mouth) and Char­lotte Malt­by.

He en­tered the Bap­tist min­is­try in 1847, and served first at the Rom­ney Street Cha­pel, West­min­ster, Lon­don. While there, he be­came friends with Charles Spur­geon, who was be­gin­ning to at­tract at­ten­tion as a preach­er.

Betts went on to serve at Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land; Trinity Chapel, Brad­ford, York­shire; Man­chester; Grange Road, Dar­ling­ton; and Rye Hill, New­cas­tle-up­on-Tyne. For some years he edited the Prim­i­tive Church Ma­ga­zine. His works inc­lude:

  1. Beautiful Star, Whose Hea­ve­nly Light
  2. Jesus, Thou Art Meek and Low­ly
  3. Our Father God, Who Art in Hea­ven
  4. There Is a Lamp Whose Stea­dy Light