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Pastor Mike Lingenfelter

Pastor Mike holds a degree in Theology, a degree in Christian Ministry and Leadership, and a degree in Christian Studies. He enjoys teaching expositionally, verse by verse, precept upon precept.

Mike wrote a devotional Stepping Forward: A 39 Day Walk Through Ephesians and a pamphlet What Now? I believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior but what now? 


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Bryon Rush

Bryon and his wife Emelda have lived in Benson for 22 years. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Bryon is the Minister of Families and Outreach at First Baptist Church. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 and is a part time Missionary to the military with InFaith Mission. Bryon is currently attending Liberty University online for his Graduate of Theology Diploma.

Emelda teaches Kindergarten - 2nd grade children's church, leads the Widow's ministry, and is the church custodian.

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Kathy Dickerson

Kathy Dickerson and her husband Ron came from California to Benson in August 2018. They have two sons, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In September 2020 Kathy accepted the position of Office Manager at First Baptist. Ron went home to be with the Lord just four weeks after accepting the position. Kathy feels that the Lord has her here for a reason and is looking forward to seeing just what the Lord has in store for her.

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Ammi Taylor

Ammi Taylor is the Worship Leader at First Baptist. She was born (#4 of 5 kids) and raised in Benson. She has lived here all but 1 year of her life. Ammi married her high school boyfriend, Brian, right out of high school. They have been blessed with 5 great kids, 3 girls, Shaylin (17), Kaylei (14), Karris (12), and then 2 boys, Darias (9), Terrail (7), of which she homeschools. She has been a homeschool mom for 12 years and counting. Music is what keeps their household lively. Besides parenting, Ammi and Brian both coach sports and enjoy watching their kids develop into athletes. Their love of music has continued to grow as well. They have been attending First Baptist Church of Benson since they were in high school. They took a break for a short few years, but have been regularly attending since approximately 2008.

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Kaysen Maakestad

I have lived in Benson my whole life and attended FBC since I was little. You will learn that I am related to more than half this town in one way or another.
I am a single mother to my beautiful daughter WestLynn. I am going to school to be a Massage Therapist and am loving it!
My life gets crazy, but in the middle of all that it has pushed me to strengthen my faith. I love the relationship I am building with God and how He speaks to me through everything!
I am excited to start this new adventure with FBC’s social media and am excited to see where this takes me!