Staff


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.

 

Click here to email Kelly Lyn.


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 families and outreach: 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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Director of Communications and Office Administration: Martha Johnston

 

 

 

Martha is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she attended the University of Arkansas, majoring in graphic design. She enjoyed a career as a graphic/multimedia artist and web developer, working for Tyson Foods, Inc., in their corporate marketing group, and also for Alice Walton at her boutique investment firm, Llama Company.

 

Martha also has several years of experience working as a publications director for University Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, and Ventures for Christ in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

She and her husband, Kerry, moved to Cary in 2014 and attend church at First United Methodist Church where Kerry is the Director of Music Ministries. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren who live across the U.S. Martha enjoys spending her time enjoying wildlife, being creative, knitting, and singing in the church choir.

 

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Business Manager: Elizabeth Moy

 

 

Elizabeth is an experienced accountant with a BS in Accounting from Elon University and a Master's in Accounting from Appalachian State University. She and her family are active members of Benson Memorial UMC. Elizabeth has served as Vice Chair of our Finance Committee in addition to her work with our Children's Council, teaching Preschool Sunday School, Nursery, and Mom's connect.

 

 

 

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ORGANIST/ACCOMPANIST/INTERIM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES: ANTHONY RONCOLATO

Anthony is from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Penn State in 2019. While completing his undergraduate degree, Anthony served as an accompanist and section leader in the University Choir and participated in the Concert Choir. It was on a 2017 Concert Choir tour where Anthony first visited the Triangle, visiting UNC and performing in Raleigh before traveling to Georgia for more performances.

 

After graduation, he moved to Colorado to accept a position teaching K–2 music and science before deciding to relocate to the Triangle. Anthony has served as an organist and church musician for a variety of denominations, including the United Methodist Church, over the course of his musical career, and is very excited to join the community at Benson Memorial.

 

Anthony lives in Chapel Hill with his partner, Mia, and also teaches private piano and voice lessons with a local music studio. When he’s not making music, Anthony enjoys playing with his cat, Prosciutto, and hiking with Mia and their dog, Hoagie, in the many beautiful forests of the area.

 

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AV & Streaming coordinator: Joseph Spencer III

“I am a family man first. I love my family with all my heart. I was raised in North Carolina and, having lived in New Jersey for over 20 years, Joseph Spencer, III is what happens when southern hospitality melds with the Northeast grind.” —Joseph Spencer III

 

Sound is an essential component in delivering a powerful performance to one’s audience, and Joseph does not take that lightly. Joseph has over 20 years of experience as an audio engineer, and has had the pleasure of working with some of the best artists in the industry.

 

When you’re the son of a preacher and you grow up in the church, you acquire quite a few skills and talents. By default, you become the janitor, the usher, the security, the singer, the musician, the leader, the cameraman, the audio engineer, and whatever else is needed. As a child, it’s hard to appreciate and understand the impact an upbringing like that can have on your life, but as Joseph became an adult, he realized that his father helped to create a solid foundation that would lead him to be an amazing audio engineer. After leaving his father’s church, Joseph spent many years providing musical and A/V support to churches. It wasn’t long before he identified his true passion in audio visual. He decided to attend the Institute of Audio Research of NY (while working a full-time job during the day) and graduated top of his class in 2003. In 2004, Joseph made the courageous decision to leave his job at Schering-Plough and start his own company, Just Sounds Multimedia Group (JSMMG).

 

Joseph has had the pleasure of providing A/V services to many well-known artists, including the legendary singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, American music icons Kool and the Gang, Johnny Gill, EnVogue, Bell Biv DeVoe, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond, Kurt Carr, Kenny Garrett, Cee Lo Green, New Edition, Usher, and the late Gerald LeVert, to name a few. He has help numerous churches in the tri-state area develop and grow their AV ministry. Joseph was featured in TV Technology Magazine for orchestrating the installation of a state-of-the-art sound system in one of NJ’s well-known mega churches.

 

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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.

 

Click here to email Shannon.