Pastor Ben Burge has served Royal Redeemer since 2014, most recently as Family Life Pastor. As Family Life Pastor, Ben oversees our discipleship ministries from children to adult; including children, student, and adult ministries. Along with our other Pastors, Ben preaches and leads our weekend worship. Pastor Ben grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and attended college at Wittenberg University and Concordia University, Ann Arbor in Michigan where he met his wife Debby and graduated with a degree in Family Life. Royal Redeemer recently supported Pastor Ben while he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne to receive a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. Pastor Ben and his wife have three children; Magnolia 7, Barrett 4, and Dahlia 1. Ben is passionate about equipping parents to be the primary faith formers in the lives of their children and creating environments where believers of all ages can grow in their faith.
Rev. John Benham
Care & Fellowship Pastor
Rev. John Benham
John Benham has served Royal Redeemer since 2016. In that role he is responsible for the development of Connect-Grow-Serve (CGS) Communities, which are one of two primary means of Spiritual growth at Royal Redeemer; the other being weekend worship. He is also responsible for the operation of our facility, HR functions, stewardship education and our annual budget, in addition to Pastoral duties. John is a second career Pastor with 35 years of business experience including: developing, training and implementing teams, processes and programs; and managing the day to day operation of a large Research and Development Center. He holds degrees in Biology (Univ. of Illinois) and Chemistry (Roosevelt University). He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo with an MA degree in Practical Theology. Prior to his call to Royal Redeemer he was sole Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Pastor John and his wife Beth have three grown children and five grandchildren. He enjoys doing projects around the house and is passionate about helping people grow spiritually through the challenges of their lives.
Jennifer has been with Royal Redeemer since 2008 and curently serves as office manager.
Children's Ministry Director
Dianna has served Royal Redeemer since 2019, currently as Children's Ministry Director and School Director. In those positions she has administrative oversight of all programs for children. Dianna was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She moved to Ohio in 2016 and lives in Monroe. She is married to Don and they have two daughters Peyton and Breann. Dianna loves spending time traveling with her family and when she is at home she enjoys gardening and reading.
Celena has been at Royal Redeemer since 2020 and currently serves as the Business Manager. In her role, Celena supports various aspects of the church including the financial, property and facility, HR and legal matters. She works to carry out the church’s business affairs to continue the positive environments where members and friends of Royal Redeemer can grow in faith and friendships Living out the Love of the King!
Prior to working with Royal Redeemer, Celena had an extensive business career in both the banking and optical industries. Most recently, she was part of the executive leadership team with a large global corporation leading and organizing a Business Training team creating the strategy, development and deployment of all training programs for thousands of businesses across North America.
Celena is married to Mike and they have two children, Kennedi and Ethan and a miniature poodle named Einstein. They moved to Liberty Township, Ohio in 2015 from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Celena is passionate about working collaboratively with people, she loves playing and watching sports, coaching her daughter's volleyball team and supporting the family’s beloved Michigan State Spartans! Go Green!
Zak has served Royal Redeemer since 2019, currently as custodian. In that role he maintains the cleanliness of our building.
H.S. Leader & Cont. Worship Coord.
Zach serves as our High School Leader and Contemporary Worship Coordinator. He is passionate in his role to help High School Students authentically connect in a community that provides opportunities for them to grow as leaders. He will also lead worship with our contemporary music & tech team as we pursue God through our passion, purpose and gifts.
Zach has 13 years of experience working in Student Ministry. He was most recently the Senior High Leader at Horizon Community Church. He has also developed and worked with many contemporary worship leaders in Cincinnati. He is excited to be part of the Royal Redeemer Community