Reverend Betty Griffin-Keller
Gospel Recording Artist
Rev. Betty Griffin-Keller is an anointed Minister of God’s word and gifted with immeasurable talent. From singer, arranger and teacher to actress, producer and director, she embodies what it truly means to be a woman of God. She is loved by her husband, Pastor Billie R. Keller, as well as her New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church family, in Pasadena, California. Rev. Keller is the Minister of Music at her church, and leader of “Women’s Ministry” which engages the spiritual, mental and personal needs of women. A fourteen-year breast cancer survivor, Betty formed the “Because I Care Breast Cancer Seminar,” to empower, support, encourage and educate women and men on the importance of health awareness.
The youngest of seven children to the late Pastor Horace and Margie Amerson, she began singing at the age of four. She sang with the late Rev. James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir and the James Cleveland Singers. She also sang background for Dorothy Norwood, Diana Ross, studio recording with Ray Charles, Elton John, and others. She was lead vocal on “Oh Happy Day” with the South African musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Though she has recorded on many albums, her first solo album, Betty Griffin-Keller, with songs such as “You Can Make It” and “Eagles Wings”, continues to bless people everywhere.
Betty has blessed to travel and perform throughout the world. After 21 years, she retired as the Gospel Music Instructor at Pasadena City College (PCC) located in Pasadena, California. She is an accomplished writer/producer/director of her stage play, “A Touch of Reality”, a salute to “Pasadena Remembers the American Dream” (in commemoration to the 911 local men and women who assisted at ground zero in New York), and her production for the California Institute of Technology’s “Tribute to (Martin Luther) King’s Legacy”. Rev. Keller appeared and performed as the choir instructor and orchestra conductor in the remake of “Fame” and received film credit for her rearrangement of “What a Mighty God We Serve” and “Hold Your Dreams”. Rev. Keller re-united with the Cleveland Singers, and other gospel notables, in the BET Tribute to Rev. James Cleveland. Actor/director/writer and producer Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt requested Betty to rearrange “Follow the Fold”.
Rev. Keller is active in her community, sharing her willingness to listen and minister with those she meets. She adopted and supports local women’s rehabilitation homes, aids the homeless, mentor’s youth, visits the sick and shut-in and those in local convalescent homes. Rev. Betty or “Mother,” as she is often called, is blessed with a God given gift which captures the attention of all ages and is frequently invited to speak at various venues.
Although she has received numerous accolades, she honors being a devoted wife, a mother of four sons, and grandmother to 7 grandchildren. Rev. Betty Griffin-Keller is known and committed to her mantra, “I stand Uncompromising on God’s Holy word”.