Mark and Michele Benson
Pastors Mark and Michele joined us as our lead pastors in December of 2016 after serving at The Rock Family Worship Center based out of Huntsville, Alabama for over 10 years. Their passion is to make a difference in the lives of others by showing them the love of Jesus Christ. They are excited about the freedom and growth that God is bringing to Dothan and cannot wait to see how He uses this church to make a difference in our community.
Pastors Mark and Michele have three children; Taylor, Griffin, and Camryn.
Carl has been the Administrative Pastor at Dothan First for over 18 years. Carl oversees all the ministry departments, volunteers as well as paid church staff. The joke in the office is that Carl can fix anything, and it’s true. Among his many talents are classes on marriage, parenting and leadership, design and various areas of technology, and clever and witty speaking and writing.
Carl and his family have been attending Dothan First for over 30 years. Compassionate and down to earth, Carl resides in Dothan with his wife, Nicole. They have two married daughters—Whitney, married to Gabe, they have two boys—Declan age 3 and Nolan age 19 months; and Hannah, married to Connor.
Adam joined the team as Worship Pastor in 2017. He has led worship and overseen music ministries in various ways for over 15 years. He also spent 13 years in the electrical construction field and has spent way too much time in crawlspaces and attics! Adam is passionate about seeking God’s truth and His heart through worship. He enjoys reading, writing, songwriting, and rock climbing. His favorite thing though, is seeing new places and experiencing the beauty of God’s creation with his wife Andy, and two children Alex and Ainsley. Favorite two spots thus far: Kauai and Yosemite National Park.
Family Life Pastor
Bart grew up here at Dothan First, attending as a child, teen and young adult. He graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where he studied ministry and music. Bart and his wife, Lauren, have served in ministry for 15 years as Children’s Pastors, Student Pastors and Executive Pastors in churches in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia. Bart has experience in graphic design, technology, music, stage design and many other creative areas. One of Bart’s favorite sayings is “Don’t settle for mediocrity when God has called you to greatness.”
Bart and Lauren met at Dothan First and have been married for 13 years. They have three daughters: Ally, Landree, and Lincoln.
Student Ministry Pastor
Media and Creative Arts Pastor
Hayden grew up here at Dothan First and joined our team in March of 2017 after graduating from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas with a major in Church Leadership. She is passionate about people and worship, and is expectant for God to move in new ways here in Dothan. Hayden enjoys cooking, music, and traveling the world.
Wayne and Kathy Benson
Pastors of Leadership Development
Jennifer has been on the team since 2010 and serves in many areas here at Dothan First. She and her husband Eric enjoy remodeling and DIY projects around their home, as well as spending time as a family with their two boys Christopher and Caiden.
Belinda joined the Dothan First team in February, 2017. She comes to us with 35 years of experience with a local CPA firm. She and her husband JB have been attending Dothan First since 1979 and have been very active in various ministry roles. Belinda is passionate about learning and teaching Truths found in God’s Word. She also enjoys her boot-camp-style workout class, yard work, and reading.
Belinda and JB enjoy cheering on their son-in-law Blayne on the golf course and spending time with their daughter Morgan and grandchildren Emma and Ford.