Rev. Dr. Byron L. Benton
The Rev., Dr. Byron LeaVance Benton serves as the Pastor of Berean Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC. With a focus on worship, pastoral care, information technology, and health and wellness, Pastor Benton has dedicated his ministry to empowering the people of God. His commitment to community and families is evident throughout his ministry. Rev. Benton is a founding Board of Director for the Berean Community Center and is the Vice President of the Garden on Millbrook in Raleigh, NC. Cognizant of the global face of ministry, Pastor Benton has traveled extensively throughout the United States and in Liberia, Africa sharing the gospel and has partnered with the National Baptist Convention, as well as local pastors and churches in Liberia.
Rev. Benton offers a much needed blend of southern hospitality and urban edge. He is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and a proud graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Pastor Benton completed his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on homiletics and pastoral care and has a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA.
Pastor Benton’s gifts extend beyond the classroom and the sanctuary. He is a gifted percussionist and served as Chaplain of the A&T University Band, also known as The Marching Machine. As an undergraduate student, Rev. Benton instructed an urban charter middle school drum line at the Imani Institute in North Carolina. While an Associate Pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, Pastor Benton founded the Berean Community Drumline (BCD) through the Berean Community and Family Life Center.
Rev. Benton works closely with public and private organizations having served as Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey and Chaplain of the Association of Black Seminarians at Princeton Theological Seminary. His time at Princeton was rewarding and life-changing. Rev. Benton was awarded the Aaron E. Gast Award in Urban Ministry, the Jagow Award in Homiletics and Speech, and the Ray Lindquist Award in Pastoral Care. In February 2011, the Amsterdam News featured Rev. Benton as the “Black New Yorker” and he was awarded a congressional record for his community involvement.
Passionate about the abundant life and holistic health accessible through Christ Rev. Benton has committed his life to empowering others to live spiritually, mentally and physically healthy lives. In 2015 he completed the TCS New York Marathon and has run countless other competitive races and challenges such as the Touch Mudder in 2014. Rev. Benton truly believes in the transformational power of Jesus Christ to change any circumstance and renew all mindsets.
Rev. Benton is married to his best-friend and soul-mate, the former Yasmeen Hadaway. They have two daughters, Arianna Brielle and Mayara Marie. Rev. Benton looks forward to watching his family continue to grow in love for God and each other.