Staff

Dr. David Russell

Pastor

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David Russell is the pastor at Benton First beginning June of 2015. David has been serving in the United Methodist Church for more than thirty years and has served in a variety of settings and ministries including local churches and campus ministry. He is also retired as a military chaplain in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He is married to Denise and they have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren .

David Russell is the pastor at Benton First beginning June of 2015. David has been serving in the United Methodist Church for more than thirty years and has served in a variety of settings and ministries including local churches and campus ministry. He is also retired as a military chaplain in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He is married to Denise and they have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren .

Laurie Hurley

Church Secretary

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Laurie joined our staff in September 2012. Laurie oversees the daily operations of the church and facilities. Laurie has been married to her husband Brian since 1998. They have two children, Garrett and Brooke. Laurie enjoys watching basketball, antiquing, going to the beach, and photography.

Laurie joined our staff in September 2012. Laurie oversees the daily operations of the church and facilities. Laurie has been married to her husband Brian since 1998. They have two children, Garrett and Brooke. Laurie enjoys watching basketball, antiquing, going to the beach, and photography.

Brittney Ramage

Children’s Director

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Brittany Ramage serves as the Children’s Director at Benton First beginning September of2015. Brittany has been serving in the United Methodist Church for more than 15 years. She has worked both in children and youth ministry. Brittany is also a kindergarten teacher at Benton Elementary. She is married to Michael and they have two daughters.

Brittany Ramage serves as the Children’s Director at Benton First beginning September of2015. Brittany has been serving in the United Methodist Church for more than 15 years. She has worked both in children and youth ministry. Brittany is also a kindergarten teacher at Benton Elementary. She is married to Michael and they have two daughters.

Scott Gibbs

Worship Director

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Scott Gibbs has been the Director of Music and Worship at Benton First since Fall 2010. Scott attended Murray State University and majored in Music Education where he graduated with honors in 2008. He met his future wife, Allie, in the Murray State Concert Choir and they have both been recently blessed with their first daughter.

Scott Gibbs has been the Director of Music and Worship at Benton First since Fall 2010. Scott attended Murray State University and majored in Music Education where he graduated with honors in 2008. He met his future wife, Allie, in the Murray State Concert Choir and they have both been recently blessed with their first daughter.

Ty Oeth

Youth Director-High School

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Ty Oeth is currently serving as our Youth Director.

Ty Oeth is currently serving as our Youth Director.

Tonia Hainaut

KIT Director

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Tonia serves as Director of our Kids In Training Enrichment Center. Our Enrichment Center consists of both after school programming and a full-time preschool.

Tonia serves as Director of our Kids In Training Enrichment Center. Our Enrichment Center consists of both after school programming and a full-time preschool.

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