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Pastor Mike Lingenfelter

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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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Deborah Murphy

Deborah Murphy has lived in Benson her whole life.

Her and her husband Terrance have 5 children. She has been a Worship Leader a total of 14 years and has been with FBC for a total 9 of the 14 years.

Deborahs top 3 passions are being a Wife, a Mom and a Worship leader.


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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 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.