Minister Oleatha Everett Bethea, the founding director of Summit of Light, was created to be a watchman intercessor — first to her family, now to Christian ministers. Before Summit of Light, she honorably served our nation as an administrator in the United States Air Force for 20 years, and then in the legal profession for over ten.
Almighty God created Minister Bethea with 'fight' and has spent years training her to be a skilled spiritual combatant — one who fiercely protects and serves those He entrusts to her care. In March 1977, the Lord called and ordained her to be a minister and teacher within the Body of Christ — her ministerial credentials are John 15:16 and Ezekiel 3:17, 33:7. From then until now, Minister Bethea's ministry training has been under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Dr. Dwight S. Riddick, Sr., the senior pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Newport News, VA, is Minister Bethea's pastor. Additionally, Pastor Riddick covers and mentors her in ministry through Fostering Leadership and Ministry Excellence (F.L.A.M.E.) , a ministry ordained by God in July 2010 for the purpose of edifying the Body of Christ through the mentoring of senior pastors and senior para-church ministry leaders.
Minister Bethea earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) — now the University of Maryland Global Campus.
She is the proud mother of three adult children (two sons and a daughter), the grandmother of three grandsons, and great-grandmother of four. An accomplished speaker and published author, she is passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ and her family — which are most often the topics of her speeches and written materials.
Semi-retired, Minister Bethea currently lives in beautiful Virginia with her daughter and youngest grandson — although her heart still soars somewhere in the high country of the majestic Colorado Rockies!
Minister Beverly Ann Butterworth Lyons is an Asbury Park, New Jersey native. She is the seventh child of the late Rev. Ernest W. and Mrs. Nellie R. Hayes Butterworth, Sr.
An incredible woman of God, Minister Lyons is an esteemed Bible scholar and teacher. For years she functioned as a Sunday school teacher, worship leader, and ministered to inmates at the Monmouth County Correctional Center in Freehold, New Jersey. Minister Lyons also faithfully served as church administrator at The Power of Christ’s Gospel Ministries, Inc. in Long Branch, New Jersey from its birth until its season of ministry ended in 2015 — for well over 40 years. Additionally, she taught students in the fourth through sixth grades, and students in the high school grades at The Power of Christ’s Gospel Academy.
She effortlessly flows in the Spirit – and especially in the spiritual gift of helps, which is her passion. A highly effective intercessor, Minister Lyons is a formidable spiritual combatant and a position in which she currently serves Summit of Light, as well as a member of its governing body.
Minister Lyons attended the Asbury Park Data Processing School and received a certificate in data processing. She also completed course work at the Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.
A lifelong resident of Asbury Park, New Jersey, Minister Lyons is the mother of five adult children, and the grandmother of six adorable grandchildren.
Minister Lyons’ greatest prayer is that lost souls will come to Jesus, that they will experience transformation through His Word and love, and that the saints of God will manifest as the sons of God in the earth today.