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 .

Savana Smothers

Youth Director-High School

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Savana Smothers is currently serving as our interim, Youth Director.

Savana Smothers is currently serving as our interim, Youth Director.

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.

Juli Watkins

KIT Director

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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.

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.

Carrie Cathey

Program Director

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Carrie Cathey has been working with KIT since April of 2015 and joined the BFUMC staff as Program Director in September of 2016. She enjoys working with children of all ages as well as working with the different ministries of Benton First. She lives in Benton with her husband Shannon and two daughters, Kinsley and Briley. Carrie enjoys family time and going to the beach.

Carrie Cathey has been working with KIT since April of 2015 and joined the BFUMC staff as Program Director in September of 2016. She enjoys working with children of all ages as well as working with the different ministries of Benton First. She lives in Benton with her husband Shannon and two daughters, Kinsley and Briley. Carrie enjoys family time and going to the beach.

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