Couple honored for prison ministry


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Betty and Rogers Melton were named the Community Volunteers of the Year at Sampson Correctional during a recent Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.


A local couple were recently honored for their years of ministering to others in the community, notably the prisoners at Sampson Correctional Institute.

Pastor Betty and Rogers Melton were named the Community Volunteers of the Year at Sampson Correctional during a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet last month. The couple, officials said, have proven themselves to be a man and woman of God by their “integrity, faithfulness, humility, selfless dedication, and undying commitment … (with) personality and character consistently reflecting (people) possessing the mind and heart of Christ.”

Valris Parran-Jernigan, who serves as correctional case manager and community volunteer coordinator at Sampson Correctional Institution, spoke about the tremendous dedication the Meltons have shown over the years. Joseph Prater, deputy commissioner of the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, served as the keynote speaker at the appreciation banquet.

The Meltons grew up in Ft. Pierce, Fla., and were married in July 1965. They ultimately made their way to North Carolina. Betty Melton accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1974. Rogers Melton followed in 1977. Betty worked as a sales clerk at Thalheimers Department Store, now Macy’s, in Fayetteville for 10 years, using the opportunity to minister to the needs of many while at work.

Not long after, she began preaching the word of God, counseling young single adults and married couples, teaching Sunday School, working in Street Ministries, as well as prisons and rest homes, conducting several Bible studies and prayer meetings.

She started her ministry at the Bible Way Holiness Church in Fayetteville, going on to New Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church and C & Adams Street Church of God in Fayetteville, where Rogers accepted Christ. Betty was ordained in the Church of God denomination in 1984 and was later called to the pastorate at Highway 24 East Church of God in Roseboro, where she preaches now.

“She has an unwavering love and passion for all of God’s children,” her biography, read at the banquet, stated.

Rogers has served a great deal himself, displaying the same passion for ministering to others, officials said.

He served in the United States Army for 20 years before his retirement in 1976. A proud Vietnam veteran, Melton also retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989. He later began faithfully visiting with inmates in prison, as well as teaching Sunday School, working with Streets Ministries and visiting patients in rest homes, all the while supporting his wife throughout her years in ministry.

Pastor Betty Melton and Brother Rogers Melton are people “who love God, loves their family, love people and love encouraging others in the word of God,” officials stated in recognizing the couple, who have four children, Douglas, Juanetta, Boris and Rogers Glenn Jr.

“As a result of his Christian conduct and testimony, many lives have been transformed to the glory of God,” it stated in Rogers biography, read at the ceremony, where Betty was also lauded. “She is at her best when demonstrating God’s love to a broken life or leading lost souls to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. More than anything, she is a woman of prayer, purpose and vision for building spiritual lives.

“Resulting from her 42 years of ministry, many lives have become living testimonies of her divine calling.”

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By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Betty and Rogers Melton were named the Community Volunteers of the Year at Sampson Correctional during a recent Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_volunteers.jpgBetty and Rogers Melton were named the Community Volunteers of the Year at Sampson Correctional during a recent Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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