River Of Life Church has called Pastor Dave Benefield as Pastor of the congregation. Pastor Benefield will be replacing Pastor Gary Davel who accepted a call to New Life Church in Colorado Springs after serving almost seven years at River Of Life Church in Mason.
Pastor Benefield comes to Mason from Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Prosper, Texas, where he was ordained as a pastor in July, 2004. He was a member of the church planting team who started the church in October of 2001. He has been serving as one of two Executive Pastors that report to the Senior Pastor and also as Elder, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. In those capacities, he has shared the responsibility for the church’s day-to-day ministry, its pastoral staff, and all church operations of that now 800 member church. There he was active in all areas of ministry, especially equipping ministry leaders, outreach to the community and in training new members.
Pastor Benefield graduated from Texas A&M University in 1988 with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. He served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Aggie Cowboys social fraternity at Texas A&M from 1982 to 1984.
He is a certified public accountant and, prior to his 8 years in the ministry, Pastor Benefield enjoyed a wide variety of experiences in the secular business world. He served as International Controller for Fedex Office (formerly Kinko’s Inc.) in Dallas, Texas, where he directed international accounting operations in Japan, Korea, China, the U.K., Mexico, Canada, and Australia. Prior to that, he served as Director of International Accounting for Blockbuster, Inc. where he directed all foreign international accounting operations in 13 countries including the U.K., Netherlands, Latin and South America, and Italy. Prior to that employment, he held various positions with Merit Energy Company, CompUSA, Inc., American Airlines, Inc., Ernst & Young, and Arthur Young & Co.
Dave also has served as a member of the elected Town Council of Prosper, Texas, has been as a youth baseball and soccer coach, is a former recording studio designer and owner, and is a private pilot.
Pastor Benefield is married to Roxie Frey Benefield, a Mason County native who is the daughter of Will and Rita Frey of Mason. They have three children, Brooke, Cassie and John. Mrs. Benefield’s educational experiences complement her husband’s background. She is also a certified public accountant who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. She has also been active in Lighthouse Christian Fellowship from its inception, serving as the accountant and in numerous ministry and outreach capacities.
The members of River Of Life Church are delighted to welcome Dave and Roxie Benefield and their family to Mason, and they invite everyone to come and meet them. Pastor Benefield will be formally installed as Pastor of the congregation on Sunday, July 29, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Music will be provided by recording artist and Lighthouse Christian Fellowship worship pastor Tony Elenburg. Ten of Tony’s songs have been on the nation’s Christian Top 20 chart. Songs that top that list are Christian classics, such as, “The First Farewell,” “Just Like Him,” and “Compassionate Heart.” Tony’s songs have been recorded by many well-known Christian and secular artists, including Little River Band and one of Christian music’s premier artists, Dove Award and Grammy Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman. Chapman’s album, “More To This Life” reached Gold status (500,000 copies sold) with the help of the hit single “Waiting For Lightning,” which was co-written by Tony.
Senior Pastor David Vestal of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Prosper, Texas will give a short message. A covered dish luncheon will follow.