By Kelly Legg

“I shall give you the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven and whatever you allow on earth will be allowed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

This verse has special meaning to Brandon resident and minister Jesten Peters. Peters first heard the call into full-time ministry at a young age; however, in the spring of 2005, Peters sprang into action and started Keys of Authority Ministry.

This ministry lays a foundation for following the Word of God, how to prepare your heart to receive the Word and how to make the “keys” part of your everyday life. The logo for Keys of Authority Ministries consists of seven keys, individually named: knowledge, holiness, prayer, forgiveness, repentance, faith and love.

Since beginning her ministry, Peters has traveled thousands of miles each year spreading the Word of God, recording teaching programs for television, teaching Bible Studies at her home church and has just released her first book titled Running To Win The Race.

According to Peters,“No runner ever won a race by looking over their shoulder. They are focused on the goal – the finish line – the prize. We have to put the past behind us, live in the present and press toward the prize of the high calling.”

Peters has also received various awards and has been recognized for her prison ministry work in middle Georgia, recognition of 35 years of Gospel Ministry from International Seminary and was named 2005 Woman of the Year for Columbia County, Florida. Recently, Peters was chosen as one of 2012’s Eight Phenomenal Women by Renewed, a Christian magazine.

Presently Peters speaks at local churches, women’s meetings, conferences, and teaches seminars. She is available to travel anywhere that the doors are open for her to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meetings can range from one service to a retreat or a seminar. The only requirements are that expenses are covered and a love offering be received.

“I minister wherever the doors are open to me to minister, from around the corner to across the nation. For churches, conferences, seminars, ladies meetings to tea parties, I work with the group/church that has me come to speak,” said Peters.

For more information,  Reverend Jesten Peters can be reached at, or call 681-1379 or visit her Website at

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.