Leadership

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is the lead pastor at Benchmark Bible Church. Chris started Benchmark in 2013 after serving in multiple churches and ministries since 1994. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Chris is passionate about seeing people understand God’s Word, apply it to their lives, and join God in the amazing ministry He has for them. Apart from ministry, Chris enjoys coaching his children in sports, golfing, hunting, and game nights with friends. He and his wife, Joleen, have been married since 1999 and have two children, Cuin and Jovi.

Matt Heffner

Matt serves as worship leader, and directs our worship team band and vocalists. He has led praise and worship in various ministries, including children’s ministry and young adults, since 2004. He has a passion for music and for nurturing relationships among musicians within the body of Christ. Matt also works as a paramedic. Whenever he has the opportunity, he enjoys writing and performing his own music, and taking long walks on the beach.

John Ball

John Ball is the Outreach Director at Benchmark Bible Church. At the age of seven, his family was shipwrecked by alcoholism and John entered into the foster care system. By the age of seventeen, he was quite a mess, but the risen Jesus still seeks and saves the lost! For the past forty-five years, John has been joyously telling how Jesus saves and loves. John is a graduate of Criswell College, having earned his degree in Theology and Psychology. He and his wife, Dana, have been married for over forty years. They have two married children and five fun grandchildren.

Mary Borges

Mary Borges is the women’s ministry director at Benchmark. One of her greatest joys is hearing about the work of the Lord in the lives of women. Mary received her B.S. in psychology from Oklahoma City University in 1992 and her M.S.Ed. In deaf education from the University of Kansas in 1994. Mary taught early childhood deaf education in Fort Worth and Denton ISD for 6 years before staying home to raise her family. Mary and Mitchell have an adult son, Nathan, who has autism, and two teenagers, Anna and Aaron. Before coming to Benchmark, Mary was the Executive Director of The Little Light House-Denton, a non-profit ministry that served young children with disabilities and their families and pointed them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Mary has served in women’s ministry at Benchmark since 2013 and was hired in 2020 as our Women’s Ministry Director. Mary enjoys facilitating Bible studies, hosting fellowship with family and friends, laughing and playing games, story-telling and children’s literature, and searching for garage sale treasures.

Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer moved to Denton to attend the University of North Texas where he earned his B.A. in German, which paved the way for overseas missions. Prior to mission work, Adam served with Chris and Kendra in student ministries at a local church, where he discovered a passion for working with teenagers. After moving back to Denton he joined the Benchmark staff as youth pastor. Besides ministry, Adam loves the outdoors and staying active. He also enjoys meeting new people, traveling, and having adventures with friends.

Kendra Higgins

Kendra joins the Benchmark team with a passion for Christ, discipleship, and Bible teaching. She holds a BA in Bible and Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College and a MA in Media and Communication from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her past serving opportunities include Children’s Ministry Secretary, Children’s Ministry Elementary Coordinator, and College and Young Adult Ministry Assistant at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood, Indiana. At Denton Bible Church Kendra served in ChurchLife, Adult Ministries, and later in Student Ministries. She and her husband, Brad, have two daughters, Jaelyn and Adele. Brad and Kendra love living in Denton, being involved in the community, gardening at Shiloh Field, and watching movies. Together they are learning how to build a home for God’s glory and consider it an honor to serve the Lord among the Benchmark family.

Courtney Templet

Courtney is the children’s ministry pre-K coordinator at Benchmark Bible Church. She served in children’s ministry at Denton Bible Church alongside her husband, Talon, for many years. Eventually, Courtney became the Toddler Team Lead where she fell in love with teaching children about Jesus as they were learning to talk. She has always had a passion for children and Jesus.

Courtney loves living in Denton where she competed for TWU gymnastics, and graduated with her BBA in marketing, as well as an Executive MBA.  Courtney has been married for 9 years to her high school sweetheart Talon, and they have three beautiful children: TJ, Brynlee, and Hallie.

Nick Watts

Nick is a Denton native with family roots deep in our local community. His passion for music and worship ministry began in middle school and has continued to grow through involvement in both youth ministry and worship team here at Benchmark. Nick also serves in our Soul Care ministry; he has a heart for those burdened by past trauma, the chains of addiction, and anyone desiring the freedom that only Jesus offers. After working in the marketing field for six years, Nick is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling with a view to licensure for work in a clinical setting. When he’s not studying or serving, Nick enjoys the mountains, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

Katrina Campbell

Serving in children’s ministry has been a passion of Katrina’s for many years. She began serving at a local church in Sunday School & Security, and eventually directed their VBS program. During this time, the Lord led Katrina to the ministry of coordinating childcare. Her desire is to ensure that children are safe, feel loved, and know who Jesus Christ is.

Katrina holds a degree in computer science, and a degree in business management and marketing. She and her high school sweetheart have been married for over 20 years and have 3 children.

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald, also known as “Mac”, is a Denton native. He met his wife, Jessica, while attending Midwestern State University.  They have been married for over twenty years and are the proud parents of Caden, Libby, and Matthew. Mac has led worship in a variety of settings including youth and college events, starting a contemporary service at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls, and assisted with starting a worship team at Sage Meadow Christian Fellowship in Justin.  Mac feels called to grow a community of musicians that love the Lord and want to use their talents for His glory. He directs our worship ministry, as well as facilities management and tech operations.

Margaret Ashmore

Margaret Ashmore is the Director of the Soul Care Ministry here at Benchmark Bible where she also teaches women’s Bible studies. She is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and conferences as well as an author and artist. Margaret’s story of redemption from sin and multiple battles with cancer beats a well-trodden path to the cross of Christ, the only place of true healing and victory. For more information, please visit: www.margaretashmore.com

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