• Dr. Sammy Simmons - Senior Pastor

    Spouse: Michelle

    Children: Jay and Sara Grace

    Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech; Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Hobbies: I love spending time with my family, playing basketball, golf and water-skiing.

    Books I Recommend: Radical by David Platt, and Crazy Love by Francis Chan

    Life Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 and Acts 1:8

    E-mail: sammy@ibcbenton.com

  • Rev. John Odle - Worship Pastor

    Spouse: Sally Odle

    Children: Dan Odle, Melissa Odle, John M. Odle, Maribeth Trexler

    Education: Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

    Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, playing with grandkids

    Books I Recommend: “God Meant It for Good” by R. T. Kendall, “Holding on to Hope” by Nancy Guthrie

    Life Verse: “...God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself...” 2 Cor. 5: 19

    E-mail: john@ibcbenton.com


  • Rev. Michael Kramer - Education Pastor

    Spouse: Katherine

    Children: Judah, Sophia, Liam, & Ezra

    Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management at Purdue University; Master of Theology in Pastoral/Ministries/New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

    Hobbies: I have 4 kids :) running, lifting, reading, camping, taking in a Broadway show, collecting random rocks, naming kids, I love to travel, and enjoy sports.

    Books I Recommend: see recommendation list on my blog: www.thewhisperinglion.blogspot.com

    Life Verse: Ps 71:18 and Rom12:1-2

    E-mail: michael@ibcbenton.com


  • Rev. Eric Drake - Student Pastor

    Spouse: Kerry

    Children: Bailee, Nancy, Luke, Daxton

    Education:  Electrical Apprenticeship Associated Builders and Contractors, Liberty University General Bible, Bachelors of Science General Christian Ministry/Biblical Studies Welch College 

    Hobbies: All Sports, Reading, Spending as much time as I can with my family, And figuring out how I want to fix my hair that day.

    Books I Recommend: Radical: by David Platt, Not A Fan: by Kyle Idleman, Family Driven Faith: by Vodie Baucham, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day: by Mark Batterson & Anything written by Francis Chan 

    Life Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 2:10

    E-mail: eric@ibcbenton.com


  • Rev. Eddie Paul Davis - Visitation Pastor

    Spouse: Arlene

    Children: Scott, Penny and Andy

    Education: Graduate of Tennessee Temple University

    Hobbies: Family, swimming, traveling

    Books I Recommend: Bible 

    Life Verse: Prov. 3:5-6


  • Pastor Ryan Mulvaney-Children's Pastor

    Spouse: Braghan 

    Child: Jack 

    Education: Certificate of Radio Broadcasting, Lake Land College; Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

    Hobbies: I love technology, watching movies, doing anything outdoors, and music.

    Books I Recommend: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek; Erasing Hell, by Francis Chan; The Legacy of Michael Sattler, ed. by John Howard Yoder.

    Life Verse: Matthew 22:37 and Ephesians 5:1-2

    E-mail: ryan@ibcbenton.com





  • Jane Lampley - Secretary

    Spouse: Phil

    Children: Michael, Chad, & Somer

    Grandchildren: Lacey, Luke, Lance, Kinley, Lane, Carly, Brandt, Nolan & Dagon

    Education: Benton High School

    Hobbies: Babysitting, spending time with family, aerobics, Zumba, exercise and shopping.

    Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11-12

    E-mail: jane@ibcbenton.com

  • Debbie Crawford - Publications Secretary

    Spouse: Doug

    Education: Sesser-Valier High School

    Hobbies: Reading, writing poetry, blogging and spending time with friends and family.

    Life Verse: Romans 8:35-39

    Books I recommend: The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

    E-mail: debbie@ibcbenton.com


  • Misti Sample - Custodian

    Spouse: Tim

    Children: Maecie, Nikki, Joey, Jacob

    Education: 2 years at Rend Lake College

    Hobbies: Attending kids sporting events, assisting with Helping Hands.

    Books I Recommend:  The Bible, Left Behind

    Life Verse: . Phillipians 4:13