Leadership Team

Pastors & Staff

Gary McNitt

Lead Pastor

Gary joined the staff at Benton St. in June of 2005. Gary ministered in Montreal and Kitchener before starting a decorating and renovation business in 1988. He ministered in New Hamburg from 1995-2004 while operating the business. He holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and Central Baptist Seminary.

Gary and his wife, Marylou, have lived in the K-W area for over 35 years and have three adult sons.

Jaye Rice

Pastor of Community Engagement

Before coming to Benton in August 2007, Jaye worked for Montréal Youth for Christ for six and a half years. In April of 2007, Jaye received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Concordia University and in 2021 completed a Masters of Theological Study at Heritage College and Seminary.

Jaye has filled a variety of roles at Benton over the years, including Pastor of Student Ministries from 2007 to 2012, Pastor of Young Adult Ministries from 2012 to 2023. He is currently serving as Pastor of Community Engagement. Jaye has a passion for seeing people desire a real relationship with Jesus Christ and become His disciples. He seeks to do this through various means including the arts, Bible studies, good cups of coffee, outdoor activities and cross-cultural partnerships.

Jaye is married to Madeleine and they have four children.

Julia Terpstra

Director of Music and Worship

Julia joined staff as the Director of Worship and Small Groups at Benton in June 2019. Julia grew up in the Pentecostal Church and has always been involved on Sunday morning worship teams, choral events, and solos.

She began attending Benton St. Baptist Church midway through her studies at Heritage College and Seminary when she undertook an internship with Doug Thomson. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Church Music – vocal.

Julia now serves full time as the Director of Music and Worship.

Nathan Avery

Interim Director of Children and Youth

Nathan joined Benton’s staff team in September 2023. He has been attending Benton his whole life and feels very much at home here. His wife Nicole started attending Benton with him in 2017. They love connecting with people and enjoy serving together.

Nathan has been involved with various ministries at Benton over the years including Sunday School, AWANA, youth group and men’s floor hockey. Through this, he has felt God’s calling to Children and Youth Ministry and seeks to teach and encourage the next generation at Benton.

Breanna Gaudaur

Office Administrator

Breanna came to Cambridge to attend Heritage College & Seminary in 2013. It was through the Children’s Ministry program at Heritage that she first got involved at Benton in 2015. Breanna quickly found a home at Benton and worked here as an intern for two years, helping with everything from nursery to youth. She graduated from Heritage in  2018 with a Bachelor of Religious Education Professional – Children’s Ministry degree.

Breanna joined the staff team at Benton in May of 2017 as the Office Administrator, but her role is not confined to the office. She loves using her gifts to serve God’s people, and is involved with music and worship, along with helping out anywhere else she is needed.

Brandy Peters

Director of Congregational Care

Brandy joined the staff team in 2021. Brandy’s professional background includes a diploma in Personal Support Work (PSW) and over ten years in the field of Long Term Care. She recently completed an advanced training program in Alzheimers and Dementia to increase her understanding of this struggle many seniors face.
Brandy has been attending Benton for 17 years with her husband, Ed Peters. Together they have 3 children. She considers Benton her second family. Brandy has  a heart for missions and has been blessed to serve in Matangwe, Kenya for Caring Partners Global twice.
Brandy is humbled and excited to be a representative of Benton, caring for those who need encouragement, comfort, love, and a special touch - all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Tyler Wilson


Tyler has been a member of Benton Church since 2013.  He took over the custodian job at the end of 2022.

He is married to Isabella Wilson and together they have six children. 

Joe Elliotson

Treasurer & Donor Services

Joe began attending Benton in 2005 where he quickly found a place to belong. He currently serves as Treasurer, Head Teller (Donor Services) and finance committee member. It was through Benton that he met his wife Jenny, with whom he has six young children.

Joe is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He spent over 10 years in public accounting  before starting his own financial planning and accounting practice in 2014.

Joe is excited about the biblical vision for financial strategy and management, and desires to honour Jesus both by being a biblically faithful and wise manager (Lk 12:42) and by building others up in Christ-honouring stewardship.


Wendell Beach

Ted Robbins

Sig Peters

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