Assistant to Church Services Support Team
Demetra Bennett serves as an assistant to the church services support team, ensuring initiatives and events effectively meet the needs of BCM/D churches.
A native of Illinois, Bennett grew up in a Christian home and went to church regularly. With four children in her family, getting some alone time with her mom was special, and it was during one of those times that God spoke to Bennett’s heart.
“My mother led me to the Lord while out walking one summer night to get an Italian Ice. I was about six or seven at the time,” she said. It was a process though. Her mother, on their fun outing, began sharing about what it would be like if we all knew Jesus and would be saved from sin and one day go to heaven. Demetra had heard the Scriptures throughout her life but thought the message was for adults. Later she prayed, telling God she wanted to be saved and to go to heaven one day. She followed it up by walking down an aisle during a Sunday service to make a public profession, and she was baptized a few years later.
After high school, Bennett earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University and then a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. In the past, she has worked in insurance, automotive, and financial fields. Most recently she worked in a staff support position with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and she served as a church bookkeeper for more than 17 years.
In addition to her current professional role, Bennett ministers as a pastor’s wife. Her husband, Marty Bennett, is the senior pastor of Life Connection Church in Severn, Maryland. She also works 15 hours per week at Life Connection as a bookkeeper, and she serves on the church’s hospitality team, praise teams, and children’s ministry. She and Marty enjoy their family. They have three children — an adult son and two teenagers.
“It gives me joy to have the opportunity to serve in an organization that was so instrumental in helping our church become rooted and established,” she said. “I know first-hand the valuable church support provided by the BCM/D, and I can attest to the consistent wisdom, encouragement, and accountability that is so generously given to those churches within the organization.”
Director of Baptist Student Ministry University of Maryland, College Park
Jessica Senasack serves as collegiate minister at the University of Maryland/College Park.
Jessica explained that through Baptist Collegiate Ministries, students become part of a community of college students who seek Jesus through worship, discipleship, evangelism, service, and mission.
“I love college ministry because college is the time when students first get to make their faith their own. Their family is no longer there to take them to church, so they have to decide if following Jesus is really what they want to do. It is awesome to watch them figure this out and then see them find their role in the Kingdom. One of the main goals of our ministry is to help college students discover their gifts and passions so that when they graduate they already know how God wants to use them for His glory.”
Jessica grew up in Baldwin, Md., and attended Long Green Baptist Church. She attended college at the University of Maryland where she studied math and was actively involved in campus ministry. Upon graduating she became a semester missionary through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) working with Baptist Campus Ministries at Anne Arundel Community College, where she later continued serving for four years. She was then offered the position as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been since June 2007.
Jessica has been married to her husband, Andy, since July 2007. He works as an auto mechanic. “We spend a lot of our time hanging out with college students and fixing cars for people, but when we do have free time we enjoy going out for a good meal, relaxing while watching TV, hanging out with friends, and playing with our two crazy black labs.”
Bulletin Blurb: Jessica Senasack serves as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has served since 2007. She previously served as semester missionary through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) working with Baptist Campus Ministries at Anne Arundel Community College, where she later continued serving for four years.
Collegiate Ministry Consultant; Director of Baptist Student Ministry, University of Delaware
Nathaniel Walters serves as Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) Collegiate Ministry Consultant, and as the director of Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Delaware.
As the BCM/D Collegiate Ministry Consultant, Walters assists campus ministers throughout Maryland and Delaware, and he helps start and strengthen other collegiate ministries in the region. He also partners with campus ministers on a regional and national level as they encourage one another, seeking to minister to the ever-changing demographic of college students in America.
Serving as the director of Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Delaware, Walters meets with and oversees the student leadership team, teaches Tuesday night large group, manages the ministry house and residents on campus, disciples students, plans and coordinates retreats and events, and plots the vision for BSM in the future.
“College is a turning point for many people, for better or for worse, and I’m excited to have an influence on the lives of students both at Delaware and throughout the state. “