INTERIM SENIOR MINISTER
Rev. Ed Koffenberger
Rev. Roger Bennett
A retired professor of language and literature, Roger was educated at the Valley School, Milligan College, East Tennessee State University, and Kent State University. Although he has worked as an English professor all of his life, his real passion is music, particularly Christian hymnology. He has been the musical director of the Craven Consort for over 40 years. Roger was ordained in the Morland Christian Church in Canton, Ohio. He has served as associate pastor and minister of music in many different churches in the past 50 years and has been serving at Bethany Christian Church since the late 80s. He resides with his wife Elizabeth in New Bern, North Carolina.
Melissa, a native of Pamlico County, lives with her husband, son, and a menagerie of all sorts of pets. She has attended Bethany Christian Church since 1988 and has worked as church secretary since 2016. Always happy to help, Melissa assists the minister with various ministries and worship services, helps publish the church’s newsletter, creates the weekly bulletin, and updates the church’s blog and other communication sources. She also does general clerical duties such as word processing, copying, managing office supplies, and answering the phone. Besides Bible study and playing in the bell choir, her favorite church activities include working with the communications committee and co-producing with the associate minister the annual Christmas program. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master’s of Art in Teaching, both from East Carolina University.