Senior Pastor: Kelly Lyn Logue

Kelly Lyn was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky and moved to North Carolina in 1996 to study at Duke Divinity School. During her 20 years of ministry, she has served local churches as a pastor and youth minister, worked in summer camps, written for the Christian Century, precepted classes and Duke Divinity School, mentored candidates for ordained ministry, and led several mission trips. She loves University of Kentucky basketball, camping, reading, cooking, playing clawhammer banjo, guitar, and mountain dulcimer. She also loves her border collie mix, Samuel, and her three nephews: Kaleb, Connor, and Colston. Email

Jeff Babajtis

Teaching Pastor: Jeff Babajtis

Like many current residents of Raleigh, Jeff grew up in western New York. He graduated from Houghton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. In 2008, he entered into pastoral ministry serving as pastor at Bynum United Methodist Church. After graduating from Duke Divinity School in 2010, he was appointed to Benson Memorial. Jeff loves teaching, running, reading, and music. Email

Minister of Children & Youth: Cortney Babajtis

Cortney was born and raised in Pearisburg, Virginia. In 2007, she graduated from Bluefield College with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. After graduating, she moved to Boiling Springs, North Carolina where she began working as Minister of Youth and Children at Sharon UMC. Cortney received her M.Div in 2010 from Gardner-Webb University. In 2011, she moved to Raleigh and began serving at Benson Memorial. Cortney enjoys reading, painting, watching sports, and being outdoors. Email

Business Manager: Sally Lynch

Sally was born in Michigan, but grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She attended Auburn University where she graduated with a BS in accounting. She began her accounting career in Atlanta working for Coopers and Lybrand where she met her husband, Todd, got married, and moved to Raleigh in 1987. Sally and Todd have two sons and one furry child. She enjoys college sports (especially Auburn), traveling, fostering dogs, and reading. Email

Mary Honeycutt

Administrative Assistant: Mary Honeycutt

Mary grew up in North and South Carolina, one of four children. Her father was a Southern Baptist minister. Mary finished high school in Greensboro and from there, attended Guilford College in High Point. In 1978, she moved to Colombia, South Carolina to work for the Committee for the Humanities. She and her husband, Lee, married in 1979. They have one daughter in addition to Lee's daughters and grandchildren. Mary and Lee also have one fur-child: a pomeranian named Sundi. Mary has been at Benson since 2005. Email

Music Director: Anne Jenkins

Anne was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has lived in North Carolina for her entire life. She moved to Raleigh in 1967 and began attending Benson Memorial UMC. Within a year, she began volunteering as the Choir Director. After volunteering for three years, she was hired as the Music Director and held that position for 37 years. Anne holds a BA in education from Appalachain State University and a BA in music from Meredith College. She also has an art studio at Artspace on East Davie Street. Email

Mary Elizabeth Hearn

Director of Music Ministries/Organist: Mary Elizabeth Hearn

Mary Elizabeth Hearn has been our Director of Music Ministries since 2008 and has been our organist since 1991. She grew up in the small, eastern North Carolina town of Whitakers, where she became organist for her home church at age thirteen. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Meredith College and taught private piano lessons for a number of years. She was also the organist at First UMC in Cary for fourteen years. She particularly loves leading congregational hymn singing and accompanying the choirs, soloists, and other vocal ensembles. Email

Jennifer Riggert

Director of Chimes and Instrumental Music: Jennifer Riggert

Jennifer has been involved with the Cherub, Carol, and Chime Choirs since 1997. She has a Bachelor of Music from Trenton State College and a Master's of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught elementary music at York Elementary School since 1997. Email

Shannon Luxford

Preschool Director: Shannon Luxford

Shannon has been with the preschool since 2000. She earned her BS in Child Development from Meredith College in 1995. Shannon's varied experiences in the field of early childhood include positions serving students with a wide variety of special needs. Shannon lives in Cary with her husband and her sons. Her youngest currently attends the preschool and her older son is a proud alum! Email