by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Touching Lives Through Theater

San Diego native Betty King grew up loving musical theater and dance. She participated in her first play when she was in third grade, minored in dance at the University of Southern California, and competed in ballroom dancing for several years. Betty now shares her love of performing as the director and choreographer of Peñasquitos Lutheran Church’s Christian Musical Enrichment Theatre (C-MENT). “Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to help with this wonderful nonprofit musical theater group started by Marie Weir, and I have been with the program since then,” explained Betty.

C-MENT is a nonprofit theater enrichment program that provides a Christian environment for children to grow their faith and develop their musical and dramatic talents. “I love watching the children grow up through the program. Many of the performers stay with us all the way from second to 12th grade. I love seeing their self-confidence grow as they go along their faith journey through drama, singing, and dance,” revealed Betty. C-MENT’s next performance is the play Fact or Fiction: A Christmas Edition, running Dec. 8 through 10.


photo by Savoring The Sweet Life Photography

When she is not leading the C-MENT group, Betty is the facilities services coordinator at BD Biosciences. At BD, she is an advocate for service as a member of the Charitable Contributions Committee, where she helps to organize monthly activities such as volunteering at a senior center, feeding the homeless, and participating in many charitable community events.

Betty and her husband Doug have been married for 30 years and moved to Rancho Peñasquitos 27 years ago. “We moved into the area so that our daughters could attend Peñasquitos Christian Preschool and be within walking distance of Deer Canyon Elementary, Mesa Verde Middle, and Westview High School. We were immediately drawn to the strong community and family-friendly feeling,” said Betty. Over the years, Betty was an active volunteer at the schools. In fact, she took her passion for musical theater to Westview High and choreographed the spring musical for eight years. “Recently, a Westview student that I helped choreograph got into his first Broadway musical. I flew to New York to see him perform in Finding Neverland,” stated Betty. Betty encourages all Rancho Peñasquitos residents to find it within their hearts to volunteer within the community. “The more I help others, the more I want to help. The knowledge that somewhere, somehow we are making a difference keeps my heart on fire,” exclaimed Betty.

Group: Peñasquitos Lutheran Church C-MENT (Christian Musical Enrichment Theatre)
Mission: C-MENT is an enrichment program that provides a joyful, loving Christian environment that draws people to Christ, strengthens families, shares Christ’s love with the community, utilizes outreach programs to spread Christ’s message within and beyond the community, encourages and equips young people to grow in their faith and develop their musical and dramatic talents, and makes disciples through the ministry of music and drama.


Name: Babette “Betty” Iris King née Arnold
Community: Crestmont/Rancho Peñasquitos
Volunteer Affiliation: Peñasquitos Lutheran Church
Occupation: Director and choreographer of children’s theater; Facilities Services Coordinator at BD Biosciences
Family: Husband – Doug; daughters – Stacey, Stephanie, and Sally; son-in-law – Harrison
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, going to musicals everywhere (favorite musicals: Finding Neverland, WICKED), line dancing at In Cahoots Dance Hall & Saloon, jogging (completed Carlsbad Half Marathon and Hot Chocolate 15K)
Favorite Spots  in 92129: Tease Hair Salon, Cotijas Mexican Grill, Starbucks, 24 Hour Fitness, and the Rancho Peñasquitos Library