“It has made me grow stronger in my faith in how I not only can help people in my church, community, and state, but throughout the world,” Benton said. “An organization of such will strengthen the church because women are persistent in getting things done.”
Benton has recently been named the President of United Methodist Women for the Starkville District of the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She is a native Mississippian and a retired school administrator. She is a graduate of Rust College, Jackson State University, and she received her specialist degree from Mississippi State University.
Benton is a member of Wesley United Church in Kosciusko, where she has held several leadership positions, including Education Chair, Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, choir member, Class Leader, Administrative Board Chair, and currently Lay Member to The MS Annual Conference. On the district level, Benton has served three terms as United Methodist Women Secretary of Program Resources. Benton said in some ways the secretary position has helped to prepare her for her current position as UMW President.
Benton said as she became more involved and spiritually inclined along her Christian journey, she felt her experiences and church life closely aligned to the traditions and beliefs of those of the United Methodist Women’s group, whose motto is “Faith, Hope and Love In Action.”
“She is so hard-working and whenever I or the church needs something done, Ms. Maudie is always there,” said Rev. A.J. Murray, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church. “I and the church really appreciate her service.”
Starkville District Superintendent for the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Embra Jackson said the Starkville District is elated to learn that Mrs. Maudie Benton has been elected as the president of the District United Methodist Women.
“I have known Mrs. Benton since 1986 when I served as her pastor at the Wesley Church in Kosciusko,” Jackson said. “As a life-long United Methodist, church leader, community leader and former school administrator Mrs. Benton possesses the qualities necessary to help lead the district United Methodist Women to continue their legacy of Christian love in action.”
Benton said even though some District United Methodist Churches have similar or no women’s organization, she believes it would be empowering for women to know about the mission concepts that The United Methodist Women Organization entails.
“It is my prayer and mission to contact as many churches as possible that are not organized (with a United Methodist Women’s group),” Benton said. “With the aid of the District Superintendent and pastors of churches, we will find out why there is no organization and maybe we will be able to get more participation/organization of those churches.”
The District United Methodist Women hold three meetings each year. The first meeting date is 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Starkville District Day Apart/Local Officers Training at Buffalo UMC in Kosciusko. Other dates and locations will be listed soon. The Starkville District is happy to host the Conference Annual meeting of the United Methodist Women.
For more information about organizing or supporting a United Methodist Women’s group, contact Benton at (662) 289-6010 or (662) 582-0825.
This story was published in the February 6, 2015 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter at 2-6-15 newsletter