Kenneth Lynn Stapleton
Pastor of
Missionary Baptist Church

Born Again: On A Thursday
night in 1969
Place: Bethel Baptist Church in
Toledo, Ohio
Age: 19

His Testimony

I was raised in a Christian home and was taken to church all of my life. I became deeply convicted of my sins at age ten and I went to the altar for prayer repeatedly for many years, but did not find any relief from the guilt of sin. One Thursday in 1969, Nan (my wife to be) asked me to take her to a revival at her friend's church. I was angry and did not want to go, but I consented to take her. That night I felt a greater conviction than ever before. When the service ended, I spoke to the evangelist and explained my condition. He asked if I would like to pray for my salvation and I said yes. After praying silently for a few moments, the minister stopped me and asked me if I was ashamed of God. When I answered no, he suggested that I pray aloud. It was at that moment that I realized I was ashamed of God. I cried out in prayer, "Oh God, save me!" Immediately the burden of sin was gone and the most wonderful peace washed over me. I was finally saved.

Nan Stapleton

Born Again: Wednesday of the
Third Week of August in 1967
Place: Bethel Missionary
Baptist Church
Age: 16
Joined the Church on
August 27, 1967


Her Testimony

I thought I was saved when I was a young child (about 7 years old). I began attending Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, and heard the old-time gospel. As the gospel went forth, I became troubled and knew after a short time that I had never experienced salvation. I attempted to run from the conviction, but the evangelist, Brother Pete Porter, called out to me, "Young lady are you saved?". Under great condemnation, I answered, "No". I went to the altar that night and with a large congregation all around me, I repented to God and He gloriously saved me. I will never forget that wonderful day.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in who they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him
of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the
feet of themthat preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" [Romans 10:13 through 15]

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