The Reverend Dr. Cynthia M. Benz


The Session and Transition Team are very excited to announce that Rev. Dr. Cynthia M. Benz joined us as Transitional Pastor on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Cindyís undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from Shorter College (now University) in Rome, GA; she earned her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and her Doctor of Ministry degree in Interim Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

Cindy answered her call to ministry and started seminary after working many years for SunTrust Banks and when her younger daughter started college.  In considering her service in the church, Cindy will tell you sheís never worked harder, but has never been happier. God is good! Cindy and her husband Steve reside in Jacksonville.

Cindyís great personal loves include traveling, reading, and any activity that involves water or the beach. Most travel plans typically involve going to visit family and helping with whatever the project-du-jour is.

Cindy and Steve have two grown daughters and their family life is very important to them. Their older daughter, Julie is the Director of Marketing and Communications for WaveGuide, Inc., and lives in Portland, OR.  She and her husband, Randy (who works for the EPA), are the parents of the Benzís only grandchild, Moses. The Benzís younger daughter, Bethany Benz-Whittington and her husband, Matthew, are also ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament, and moved in June to Longmont, CO, where Bethany serves as the Associate Pastor of Westview Presbyterian Church. Matthew recently concluded a chaplain residency at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville. Bethany preached here at Hodges just prior to their move to Longmont.