Dr. Rebekah "Beka" Horton
1929 - 2020
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Dr. Rebekah "Beka" Horton

Pensacola - A native of Tennessee, Beka was saved and felt God's call to full-time Christian service at age 15. She met and married Arlin Horton before their senior year at a Christian college in South Carolina. They taught high school at a Presbyterian boarding school in Kentucky for one year, then in 1952, they came to Pensacola. In 1954, she and her husband started a small Christian school with kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades with 35 students and a goal to have 100 students someday. More grades were added and they moved the school to the Brent area.

She had a major influence in the academic areas of Pensacola Christian, grades K-12, and later Pensacola Christian College. When A Beka Book was started, it was named after her for her expertise caused the academic areas of Pensacola Christian to be founded on biblical values rather than secular philosophies.

In 1991, Clearwater Christian College awarded her an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for her contribution to Christian education.

She had varied experiences in teaching. For 20 years beginning in 1955, she had a weekly children's TV program, "Aunt Beka's Bible Stories" which was broadcast locally. For 40 years, she conducted a large weekly Bible class for women. Her insights in God's Word warmed the heart and enriched the soul. She taught high school Bible at Pensacola Christian for 22 years.

In 1972, Pensacola Christian began publishing Christian textbooks for K4 through high school called A Beka Book and she directed this effort to provide Christian textbooks for K4 through high school. Later, she wrote a 3-year program for Sunday school teachers of teens and adults called "Joyful Life."

She was unusually gifted by God with talent in many areas - as educator, author, editor, administrator, and Bible teacher. Pensacola Christian Academy and Pensacola Christian College with A Beka Book reflect her dedicated service to God!

Her life verse was John 15:16 "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

In 2012, she retired from Pensacola Christian College and its ministries after 60 years of service as Co-Founder and Sr. Vice President.

Funeral services will be held on the campus of Pensacola Christian College in the Crowne Centre on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m. CT. Social distancing will be observed and face masks are strongly encouraged. The service will also be streamed at pcci.edu/BekaHortonFuneral.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola is entrusted with arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.

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Published in the Pensacola News Journal from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2020.
Funeral service
10:30 AM
on the campus of Pensacola Christian College in the Crowne Centre
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July 1, 2020
We thank God for mrs Horton Dr Horton
For their love for the Lord for being allowed to had the privilege of sending our children to PCS and PCC
And the years our children also went to camp of the pines!
Mrs Horton led my mother to salvation seeing that our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for our sins and rose again the third day if we believe that we will spend eternity with Him!

My neighbors Jones son that has gone to b with The Lord was also lef to the Lord by Mrs Horton! Dr Horton also showed him kindness this was at camp of the pines!
We thank God for their love for the Lord and their ministry!
Linda and Clint Morgan
June 30, 2020
A mentor for many with the strength of JOB. Godspeed
Dennis G. Tubb
June 30, 2020
Sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Rebekah Horton. While we celebrate her life, we also offer sincere condolences and prayers for family and friends who miss her deeply until we are reunited in the Lord.
Friends Neighbors
June 30, 2020
Thank you for the wonderful bible stories and for bringing me to accept Jesus as my savior. I will always remember the wonderful times and stories of Jesus at the Chapel on the Hill at the Camp O the Pines. I was so blessed when my mom sent me to the school by Baptist Hospital.
Mark Wilde
June 28, 2020
A great Christian lady. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. She has fought the good fight, she has kept the faith, she has finished her course. Now is laid up for her the crown of righteousness, praise God !
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