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Martin Bennett

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Who am I? As far back as I can recall I have loved people. As a young man in Baltimore, I connected with many ethnicities through my Catholic School that was equally Asian, African American and European. My teen years in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood could have provided me fluent Hebrew if I had known that connecting to Christ was in my future. My twenties were without focus until God providentially used the birth of my first son, Meric, to challenge me to think, “What’s the purpose of life?” Who would believe that while thinking such a thought I would cross the path of a street evangelist who shared John 3:16 with me from his bible? I accepted Christ at that moment, and within 1 year of my conversion, I enrolled in Washington Bible College. Through God’s grace and much perseverance I completed both a Bachelors and Masters in Christian Ministry and Leadership while working full time.

I met my wife Demetra while leading a Christian Single’s Ministry in Baltimore. Our family grew to include my second son Luke and our daughter Rachel. During the first five years of marriage, we lived in four states (Maryland, suburban New Jersey, Northern Virginia, and Dallas, Texas), where we made deep connections through ministry. In hindsight, we’ve seen how God was shaping us to minister in various environments throughout the country.

If you haven’t picked it up, we connect with ALL people! Additionally, I am passionate about preaching, disciple making, leadership development and discovering what can be from what currently exists. My acknowledged gifts are teaching, leadership and exhortation. One of my confirmed strengths is to teach from the Old and New Testament in creative ways.  I absolutely love it when someone “gets it” and understands and responds positively to God through His Word.

My philosophy of ministry has developed from over 20 years of experience as a church member, volunteer leader, para-church trainer, Youth Pastor, Family Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Director of Relational Ministries. I’ve expanded my leadership influence over the short time in which God has used me to help build His Kingdom, and I am excited about the opportunity to join God in His work now in the northern Anne Arundel County area.

God has called us to lead Life Connection Church to connect MANY to Christ, Community, and Calling. The concept expressed in the Greek word "Zoë" is, “the life God always intended for man to experience.” We’d love to have you join us in this great adventure of sharing God’s Zoë Life; something that only God can fulfill. Join us as we seek to connect many to purposeful Zoe Life. Jesus says, "I have come that you may have life and have it to the full..." (John 10:10). We are on a mission to assist people in discovering a purposeful life connected to Christ, Community, and Calling.






Worship Director

Michael Murchison

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I grew up in a peaceful and loving household in Laurel, MD.  However, it became somewhat less peaceful after I picked up the trombone in elementary school, and soon after starting playing punk rock tunes on my guitar with friends.  Fortunately, my parents were generous and supportive of me in my early noise-making.  I professed belief in Jesus Christ as a youth, and my faith was formed at my church and at a summer camp in PA called Summer's Best Two Weeks.  As an achiever, I excelled in school and music, but it was the realization that I could not be perfect that led me to encounter the free love of God in a life-changing way.  After 20 years of hard work trying to measure up, I confessed my deepest sins to a friend and experienced the reality of grace.  I graduated from St. Olaf College in MN with a degree in music and spent my first post-graduate year teaching music in Guyana, South America.  Afterward, I spent two years building affordable housing through the AmeriCorps program with Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore.  My passions at Life Connection Church are to nurture excellence in music and art, to be a listening and caring presence, and to see lives transformed by Jesus.






Children and Youth Ministry Director

William Christian

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As far back as I can remember, I have been going to church. As a teen, I was a model church member: president of the youth choir, president of the youth group, a Sunday School teacher, and an usher. Nevertheless, it wasn't until I was 22 years old that I truly understood that every person--including me--is a sinner and that Jesus had to die to save us from the consequences of our own sinfulness. Like the Apostle Paul, it was as if scales fell from my eyes and I saw the world completely differently. Whereas before I encouraged my peers to come to church, I now encourage people to come to Christ.

It is my first and foremost desire that each of our young people know and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and that those who believe in Him will have unshakable faith. Secondly, as we build a multicultural and multigenerational church, I see it as my role to help our church to be a Christian community where our youth and even our children are discerning and living out their unique callings in Christ. Through it all, I hope that their church experience is fun and enjoyable!

Other things you might want to know about me? I love to learn--formally and informally. I have a BS in Mathematics from UMBC and a Ph.D. from Rice University, and I took graduate classes at Moody Theological Seminary. And I'm constantly teaching myself new things like Koine Greek (the language of the New Testament), Python (a computer programming language), and apologetics (the logical defense of Christianity). I also like Skiing and Snowboarding in the winter although I can't afford to do it as often as I'd prefer, and Biking the rest of the year. I've given up on gardening and have planted fruit trees in the backyard.

I've been all around the world but God keeps bringing me back to Maryland. I was born in Korea (my mom is Korean and my dad is African-American) and have lived in Texas, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, England, and Maryland. I thank God that He has allowed me to serve Him in each of those places in children's ministry, men's ministry, church eldership, missions, street evangelism, and as a husband for over 20 years and a father of three almost-grown daughters.






Treasurer

Jorge Pagan

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My family was Catholic as I was growing up. I’ve been in the military for many years which led me to move to Maryland in 2007. While working at Andrews Air Force Base, I noticed some unusual behaviors from a co-worker. It was like this person had the joy and peace that I’ve sought for a long time. My co-worker “tricked me” into visiting Life Connection Church where I discovered a multicultural church family; over and above all, I found JESUS!

My military experience with government purchases and funds management along with our core values (Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do) helps me to better fulfill my calling as a church treasurer.

My first ministry in our church has been as a percussionist on the worship team. I am extremely passionate about music.  This passion for music has led me to acquire a variety of instruments in the hopes that someday I will learn to play them all. I have great love and respect for all the members of our worship team. I enjoy being together in practice with our team; especially all the fun times I have in encouraging them, and teasing them too!  We have definitely become like family.  I also appreciate learning more about the word of God each day, and I am so thankful for His grace and mercy in my life.

The Lord has been blessed me with a wife of over 25 years (Angela), 2 children (now adults) and a beautiful granddaughter. I am also blessed with my multicultural and multigenerational Life Connection Church family. I find joy in serving and giving. Our church has allowed me to participate in life-changing events such as local outreach, community service projects, and a foreign mission trip. Participation in these events has shown me how the Lord works both toward me, and on behalf of others. Being a fully engaged member of LCC has also helped me to detach from wordily possessions and positions.

I am honored to serve as church treasurer and blessed with the trust that the church leadership has given to me.






Business Manager

Demetra Bennett

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One of the most important things you should know about me is that I am a product of the great city of Chicago!!! Go Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs!  I did, however, marry a Ravens fan, so I've adopted them as my new "Home Team". 

I came to know the Lord at a young age and have had opportunities to serve Him in a number of ways throughout the years.  My journey in Christ has not always been flawless, but I am grateful that He does not give up on those He claims as His own.

I met my husband, Marty Bennett, in 1995 after being transplanted to the Maryland area upon completion of graduate school. We were instant friends, but God had a bigger plan for our lives.  We married in 1996 and have been growing together in life and in the Lord ever since.

In early 2011 the Lord began to give us the vision of a local church, within our own neighborhood, where people could live out their faith in Jesus Christ in a very tangible way.  We wanted to become the hands and feet of Christ in the Northern Anne Arundel County area and beyond. Through this vision, “Life Connection Church” was born.  We've been blessed to have a wonderful group of people who co-labor with us in this effort and are looking toward the day when God will bring to fruition all that He has planned to accomplish through this ministry for His glory.

I currently serve as a part of the Worship team, the Hospitality ministry, assist with Women's ministry, and act as the Business Manager for LCC.   I invite you to come and discover what God is doing here at Life Connection Church.  We'd love to help you in your journey to connect to Christ, Community, and your Calling in the Lord.

In Christ Alone,

Demetra