Senior Pastor: Kelly Lyn Logue

Meaningful Quote:

"To be listened to is so much like being loved, it is hard to tell the difference"

-Robert Benson

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Babysat all three of my nephews by myself for any amount of time.

 

What's your favorite book?

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Actually, anything by Barbara Brown Taylor, Anne Lamott, Robert Benson, and Lauren Winner.

 

What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Going home to Kentucky.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

The diversity of ministry opportunities, like our work with Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, which makes a tangible and immediate difference in the lives of others.

 

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Teaching Pastor: Jeff Babajtis

Meaningful Quote:

"A comprehended god isn't God."

 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I already try to live every day like it's Taco Tuesday.

 

What's your favorite place to travel?

To my couch. Or the mountains.

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Got married.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

The magic that happens when you open a book that people have been inspired and challenged by for thousands of years and discover it's still actually relevant and life-changing.

 

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Minister of Youth & Children: Cortney Babajtis

Meaningful Quote:

"Every other religion gives you directions on how to find God, but Jesus takes you to him."

-Marva Dawn

 

What makes you laugh the most?

Pretty much everything. I love to laugh!

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Married THE Jeff Babajtis.

 

Where did you attend school?

Wee Care Academy, Hugs and More, Macy McClaugherty Elementary School, Giles High School, Bluefield College, and Gardner-Webb University Divinity School.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

Hanging out with the funniest youth and sweetest children you've ever met!

 

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Business Manager: Sally Lynch

Meaningful Quote:

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

-Dr. Seuss

 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ribeye steak, twice-baked potatoes, grilled vegetables, dark chocolate, and wine.

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Got engaged, left my job and friends, and moved 400 miles without ever living in the same state as my fiance and only knowing him for six months.

 

What's your favorite holiday tradition?

When I pick out Christmas ornaments for each child and spouse that are meaningful for that year in their lives.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

The people I get to meet and talk with.

 

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Administrative Assistant: Mary Honeycutt

Meaningful Quote:

"It's okay to look back at the past. Just don't stare too long."

-Benjamin Dover

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Married Lee.

 

What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Watching Christmas Vacation with my family.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

Being with the people and helping however I can.

 

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Chancel Choir Director: Anne Jenkins

Meaningful Quote:

"Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do the day after."

-Mark Twain

 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My mom's fried chicken, mashed potatoes with fried chicken gravy, biscuits, and corn on the cob.

 

What's your favorite place to travel?

Always to the mountains.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

The response from the congregation and their appreciation for the music. Also, working with the choir.

 

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Music Director & Organist: Mary Elizabeth Hearn

Meaningful Quote:

"A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger."

-Proverbs 15.1

 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Country style steak, mashed potatoes, salad, and banana pudding.

 

What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Breakfast on Christmas morning with the family.

 

What's your favorite book?

The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweitzer. It's one of a series of murder mysteries centering on a church choir.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

Leading congregational hymn singing.

 

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Chimes Choirs & Instrumental Ensemble Director: Jennifer Riggert

Meaningful Quote:

"We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams."

-Arthur O'Shaughnessy

 

What's your favorite place to travel?

Anywhere I've never been before.

 

What's your favorite family holiday tradition?

Going to my parents' in Arizona.

 

What's your favorite book?

The Bible and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

Working with adults and youth. Very different from my work at York Elementary School.

 

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Preschool Director: Shannon Luxford

Meaningful Quote:

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."

-Maya Angelou

 

What's your favorite zoo animal?

Elephants. They are social, tender, and emotional animals. They are also good moms!

 

What's the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?

Fostering dogs.

 

What's one of your favorite things about your ministry at Benson Memorial?

Getting to welcome families to our campus and building warm, supportive relationships with them.

 

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