church staff

We are blessed to have a great staff that love the Lord, His church, and have a great desire to serve.   The staff desires to serve the church and allow God to use each person for His glory.   Click on a staff picture to send an email to that staff member.  

Jeremy hudgin

senior pastor

Jeremy Hudgin has been with FBC Benton since March 2020; however, this is not his first time here at FBC.  Jeremy started in ministry back in 1996 as Youth Pastor here at FBC Benton.  He served 20+ in student ministry in churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee before following the Lord's leadership and direction and pursuing a senior pastor position.  Jeremy has a tremendous desire to preach the word and wants people to grow in their walk with Christ.  It's his goal for a believer to know what they believe, why they believe it, and be able to live it without compromise.  Jeremy is a graduate of Murray State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is married to his wife, Jennifer, who is a nurse practitioner.  The Hudgin's have three boys:  Jacob (19) who is a student at Murray State, and Zachary and Andrew who are 17 year old twins attending Calloway County High School.  In his spare time, Jeremy loves to play golf and enjoy the outdoors.

cody dalton

youth pastor

Cody Dalton has been with FBC Benton since July of 2020.  He has been involved in church ministry for 6 years.  He served as a pastoral intern at First Baptist Paducah before moving on to Murray State to pursue a degree in Organization Communication.  Throughout his time he interned and then served on staff at Murray FBC as the Middle School Associate.  Cody is passionate about helping students understand and grow in their knowledge of Christ through the Word.  He desires to see them fall in love with the Lord and learn to live lives for His glory.  Cody is a graduate of Murray State University and is currently pursuing a degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In his spare time, Cody loves playing golf, basketball, and going out to eat.  

margaret siress

Children's minister

Margaret Siress has served as Children’s Minister at FBC Benton since 2011.  Margaret is a graduate of Murray State University with a degree in Chemistry, and used that degree for many years in Calvert City.  However, God had other plans for her future and called her into the ministry of serving children and families.  Margaret enjoys every minute she has engaging and leading children, volunteers and families into a closer relationship with God.  Margaret is married to Jeff, who also is a chemist.  They have two children - Maidie, a student at Murray State University, and Kiefer, a student at Marshall County High School..  Margaret loves to travel, and all things Mickey Mouse!

Stuart terry

worship leader


Stuart Terry has been with Benton FBC since September 2022.  Stuart is a

graduate of Belmont University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has served churches in Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.  His passion is sharing Christ through music and worship.  Stuart is married to his wife, Pam, who works for a CPA firm in Paducah.  They have two grown children: Anna and Nathan; three grandchildren (Evylee, Kenzlee and Nate) and their Beagle, Charlee.  He loves to read, watch sports and drink good coffee.

christina warmath

financial secretary

Christina joined our staff in November 2015. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Lance, since October 2002. They have four children, one son, Dalton, and three daughters, Karsyn, Macyn, and Camryn. With four kids, they live a busy life with little down time. When they are not at the soccer field, they love to travel.

marisa smith

church secretary

Marisa Smith has been with FBC staff since February 2020 but has been a member at FBC for 32 years.  Marisa grew up in Graves County in the small town of Farmington where her roots were planted in Christ at First Baptist Church Farmington.  She was self-employed for 38 years as a bookkeeper for two businesses and 10 years in a doctor’s office.  Marisa and her family moved to Benton in 1986.  She has two daughters, Brandi and Bridget, and one granddaughter Kinleigh.  Marisa enjoys crafting, painting, DIY projects, camping, flea markets and being outdoors.