Pastor Tom Benefiel:

Pastor Tom & Karin joined the staff in September, 2007.  He is serving as Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship.  Tom and Karin are both graduates of Cedarville University and Tom completed his Master’s degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  Their ministry began in 1981 when they were appointed as missionaries to Brazil with Baptist Mid-Missions.  They served in Brazil until 1990 when God led them back to the States due to the health needs of their son, Kristofer.  Toledo, Ohio became their home for the next 16 years as they began working with college students at the University of Toledo through Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Tom would later be asked to join the pastoral staff at Emmanuel becoming the Executive Pastor.  Tom also serves on the Board of Trustees for Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA.

Tom and Karin have two children – Kari, who graduated from BBC in 2007 and Kristofer who graduated from high school in 2007.  Kari is married living in Michigan and has given them two grandchildren. Kris is a graduate of USF.  The Benefiel’s love living in the Sunshine State and are enjoying”snow-less winters”!

Pastor Tom has a variety of interests from playing golf to attending NASCAR races with friends.  Karin has also been seen at the track with her husband on different occasions.  They both enjoy traveling and their favorite, “cruising the high seas”!!