Chris Truett


Chris Truett

Lead Pastor

Chris Truett has been Pastor of Bethel Church in Kinston, NC since
January 27, 2013 following the death of Rev. Archie Ratliff in December
of 2012.   Previous to his appointment as Pastor, Chris served as
Worship & Executive Pastor for Bethel Church since 1997. Prior to
serving at Bethel Church, he served for three years at Unity FWB
Church in Grenville, NC.
Chris has been actively involved in the Free Will Baptist denomination
as he served as the Chairman of FWB Music Commission and was
the Music Coordinator for the annual Free Will Baptist National
Convention from 2004-2013.  He has served in numerous roles in the
Palmer Association, a Member of the NC State Executive Board, and
a current Welch College Board Trustee.
Chris is a graduate of Welch College where he received his B.S. in
Church Music in 1993 and holds a Masters Arts in Worship Studies
from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. He was ordained
on October 16, 1994.
Family is a priority to our Pastor! He is married to Kimberly Ratliff Truett
(1993). They have three boys: Hunter Blake and wife Kayla, Jonathan
Brooks and wife Kendal, and Easton Samuel. His parents are the late Rev. Sam R. Truett & Anne Truett.

He is a passionate follower of Christ and displays that passion each week on Bethel's TV program, Focal Point. The program airs each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM on FOX 8/14. If you know Pastor Chris, you know that he is an avid sports fan and a basketball fanatic. For years, he coached basketball and baseball at Bethel Christian Academy.  

Pastor Chris is active in the community and has a passion for men and
discipleship.  He is an active member of F3 Kinston, a national network of free, peer-led workouts for men that grow and serve groups to invigorate male community leadership and also serves as Chaplain of the North Lenoir Volunteer Fire Department.

His life verse is Eph. 5:15-16, "Pay careful attention, then, to how you
walk—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time,
because the days are evil."  Pastor Chris hosts a web-site, and Intentional Living for Men on Facebook where he shares thoughts and insights to encourage men to "Live Intentionally" for Christ every day!