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 Betts.

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