Hearts, Heads, and Hands for Christ...
9:00am: Traditional Family Worship  •  5:17pm: Contemporary Praise & Worship  •  10:30am: Sunday School
"Engaging in Worship, Encouraging Study, Energizing for Missions, Enriching Our Community."

Our Team

Rev. Cindy Caldwell, Pastor

Pastor Cindy came to Benevola in July, 2016, in her 16th year of career ministry. She has also served on the ministry staff of Bel Air UMC (Harford County), and as pastor of Mt. Vernon UMC (Harford County), and Buckeystown UMC (Frederick County).   She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Cindy and her husband, Mac, have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. They share their home with a Boston Terrier beagle named Sunny, and a cat named Sebastian. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and good movies, plays, and books. Cindy also enjoys biking along the C&O Canal.   Read Pastor Cindy's faith story.



Teri Baker Administrative Assistant
Teri has served on Benevola's staff since 2010.  She is a native of Washington County and grew up Beaver Creek.  Teri studied Political Science, English, and Paralegal studies at James Madison University, and had a career in paralegal work, which she still continues part-time today, in addition to working on their family dairy farm.  She is married to Brian, and they have 6 sons: Brian, Jonathan, Jamie, Nicholas, Nathan, and Matthew, and they also have 3 grandchildren:  Camden, Kaiden, and Kaylee.  Teri enjoys gardening, reading, cross stitich, scrapbooking, quilting, and crafts.




Ruann George, Music Director/Organist
Ruann is a life-long member of Benevola United Methodist Church.  After earning a bachelor's degree in music education in 1967 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (Winchester, VA), she began a 33-year career as a middle school band director in Leesburg VA.  She earned a master's degree in the same field, from Shenandoah, while working as a teacher.  She also served as organist/choir director for Leesburg United Methodist Church for 20 years.  After moving back home to the family farm in 1988, she followed in her mother's footsteps by serving as organist/choir director at Benevola UMC.  Ruann is married to Jack, and they still reside on the Newcomer family farm.




Lay Leadership
Administrative Council Chair  Klaus Hein
Lay Leader:  Becky Hein
Staff-Parish Relations Commitee:  Jim Weddle
Board of Trustees: Jack Slye
Worship:  Cindy Stevens
Worship 5:17 Coordinator:  Mark Leadingham
Christian Education:  Linda Stump
Sunday School Superintendent:  Cindy Stevens
Youth Ministries: Jeanette Leadingham, Amy Wescott
Fellowship Ministries:  Brenda Embly
Mission & Outreach:  Kathy Witman
Assistant Music Director: Judy Green
Social Media Coordinator:  Cindy Burtner

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