Staff

Ben Walters, Founder/Lead Pastor

Who are you? I am the husband of Leah and a daddy to my daughter Kendle. I am a follower of Jesus and self-confessed Bible nerd that enjoys reading and studying the overall story of God and mankind.

What’s your favorite part of the job? My favorite part of the job is the people I get to meet. People are a great example of God’s creativeness and I enjoy seeing God move through those people we get to do life with.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? When I’m not working I like to spend time with my family, watch Michigan football, go fishing and play basketball.

What’s your favorite snack? Hands down my favorite snack is any kind, flavor or shape of jerky.

Scott Kinney, Children’s Pastor

Who are you? My name is Scott Kinney, I was born and raised in Bloomsburg, Pa. I moved to Charleston in 1995 to open an Italian Ice and Coffee Shop with my cousin. I currently work full time at Carolina Lanterns and Lighting. I started volunteering in Children’s Ministry when I was 16 years old working with our churches VBS. I have over 14 years of full-time vocational children’s ministry experience. I met my beautiful wife, Meghan in 1998 during an Easter Production at the church we were attending. We married in 1999 and have four wonderful children; Tradd, Cooper, Coleman and Drayton.

What’s your favorite part of the job? I love teaching kids about how creative God is and how much He loves us. The best part is when the kids get it and their relationship with Christ becomes their own. My greatest accomplishment in ministry was spear-heading the Special Needs Ministry at my last church. The ministry regularly serves many families with special needs, as well as hosting the Luke 14/Night to Shine Prom each year. This is a special event for people of all ages with special needs and their families and caregivers.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I love hanging out with family and friends, playing games, and watching movies. However, I am also a part of Thorn Production Tour Staff, traveling around the country combining my love of sharing the Gospel with my love of the theater. I love going into new cities, meeting new people and watching everyone come together to make the Gospel come alive and seeing people come into a relationship with Christ!

Madison Payne, Worship Leader

Who are you? I am a daughter of the Most High God. I love Jesus with everything within me. I have a son named Wilshire, who is my heart. Wil and I have a Cocker Spaniel named Chloe, who is the cutest pup there ever was.

What’s your favorite part of the job? Setting an atmosphere where people can freely come and experience God. Leading people to the throne of God through worship is a great blessing.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time outside with my son. We love to go on walks, go to the playground, chase waterfalls wherever we can find them, and go to the park (to dig in the dirt and chase the ducks, usually).

What’s your favorite snack? My favorite snack is anything chocolate, especially chocolate milk. I drink more chocolate milk than is natural for a grown adult.

Seth Walker, Church Planting Resident

Who are you? I am 22 and married to my wife Annelise.

What’s your favorite part of the job? The favorite part of my job is getting to know people over a meal.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I like watching Michigan State and Detroit sports teams, lifting weights, playing disc golf, playing video games and watching Netflix with my wife.

What’s your favorite snack? At the end of the day, I think I would have to go with Sour Patch Kids