Blake Benge joined our team in February of 2016 as Coordinating Pastor. Beverly and Blake were married in April of 1995. They have a daughter, Ashton, who attends Auburn University. Blake has been involved in ministry since college but also spent time working in construction, livestock and coaching high school football. He has been a part of seven different church staffs in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. His roles have included working with students, singles, global initiatives, development and as lead pastor. Blake’s academic background includes degrees from Mississippi College (BA), and Samford University (MDiv), as well as non-degree work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Princeton Seminary. Blake is passionate about church and organizational growth and how that growth positively impacts the spiritual and relational health of the individuals and families involved. In his free time, Blake enjoys cycling, running, reading about leadership and history, good movies, college football in the Fall, the Tour De France in the Summer, and convertible rides with the family, including the family Labrador, Moxie, throughout the year.