David H. Benson, Minister to Youth


      My name is David Benson and I am your new Youth Pastor! I am so excited to begin in ministry alongside you as we partner to make a difference in the lives of our young people. I'd like to share with you a little about my experience in Youth Ministry and why I am so excited to be a part of the Tuckston UMC team.

      I have been in full time paid youth ministry for almost five years where I served as Director of Youth Ministry at Cape Coral First UMC and Director of Youth and Young Adults at Covenant Community UMC in Asheville, NC. While in Florida I served as Co-Chair for the Adult Workers with Young People table at the Conference level, that oversees all the Youth Pastors in Florida. I also served on the Young Adult table for the Florida conference that oversees all the UM young adults. I have helped out as a small group leader at this church as well as led in almost every capacity in the Chrysalis Community. I have even helped out with Kairos, which is the prison version of Chrysalis and Emmaus. I have a BS in Youth Ministry from Southwestern College and hold a certificate in Operational Management from Southwestern and a Youth Ministry certificate from the Youth Ministry Institute in Orlando, FL.

      As you can see, in the short amount of time that I have been in youth ministry I have had my share of experience as a Youth Pastor. I have worked with Youth Councils, Adult Leadership teams, Youth Leadership teams, School Teams, Youth Worship Bands and even parent groups. I am excited about the current Youth Council and the direction they are already leading our youth ministry. We have a meeting this Sunday and I feel confident this new school year will be filled with new things and many blessings!

      God has really been working in my life over the past several years and I give most of that credit to my upbringing here at Tuckston. I'm excited to share with you my passion for youth ministry and calling to God's work. Please join me in prayer as we join together to be in ministry to our young people and those so desperately in need to knowing Jesus here and around Athens!  


Contact David - david@tuckston.org