Mark Benson has been Senior Pastor since August, 2016. A native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Mark returned home after pastorates in Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School (1988) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary (2012). In addition, he has had clinical training in ministry, having completed a CPE residency in Abington, Pennsylvania (1992). Mark enjoys preaching, talking theology, cooking, and spending time with his family. Mark and his wife, LeAnne, have two adult children, Andrew and Emily.
Donna Downey serves as Treasurer of FCC, a position she has held for a number of years during her long membership here. Donna received her accounting degree from MSU in 1976 and returned to Meridian to build a business as a CPA in public practice. Upon returning, she again immersed herself in FCC church life, joining the choir, becoming Assistant Treasurer, and later becoming one of the first women elders of the church. Donna enjoys riding horses and motorcycles, photography, and traveling. She and her husband, Charles, also enjoy farm life in Causeyville, along with their two fur babies, Rusty and Spencer (Austrian Shepherds).
Beth Vick is Administrative Assistant to the Pastor and Secretary of FCC. Beth came to FCC in 2016 after retirement from BellSouth Telephone Company and after working in several other jobs in the community. She is a native of Meridian, a mother of two grown children and a grandmother of three. She attends Collinsville First Baptist Church. Beth enjoys all sports, especially baseball and softball, but any sports that her grandchildren play. She loves spending time with her family, and she is an avid Alabama football and softball fan.
With Bachelor and Master degrees in Organ Performance from “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Romania, and an Artist Diploma from Townsend School of Music, Mercer University, GA, Teodora Mitze-Cîrciumaru perfected her instrumental skills by taking part in organ and harpsichord masterclasses in Romania, Germany, Holland and the US. In 2006 she earned one semester “Erasmus” organ scholarship at “Hochschule fur Kunste Musik”, Bremen, Germany. Since 2008 she has been a member of many orchestras and ensembles around the world. Together with these ensembles and as an organ, piano, and harpsichord soloist she has performed over 500 concerts in Romania, Austria, Holland, Hungary, Germany, and USA. She has been organist at FCC since July 29, 2018.
Daniel Comeaux is a Masters student at the University of Southern Mississippi seeking degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Theory. After earning undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Computer Science in 2009, he spent time teaching and leading church choirs in Cleveland, Mississippi. Prior to returning to scholastic life, Daniel spent time working as a computer programmer in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he continued to hone his conducting and technological skills. Daniel has performed with choral ensembles throughout North America including Mérida and Puerto Morelos, Mexico, New York, California, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He has been the choir director at FCC since September 1, 2018.
Travis Cole has been the custodian of FCC since 2012. He is a native of Meridian, but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife have three daughters and three grandchildren. Travis is always willing to help anyone, anytime!
Shelby Cottles is the Family Life Director, working with children, youth, and their families. She works part-time at Piggly Wiggly of Collinsville and grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from Newton County High School and is enrolled at Meridian Community College, where she plans to major in Medical Office Management. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading, singing, and volunteering. Shelby began her work with FCC on April 1, 2019.