Larry Lane, our Music Director, was born in Tampa, Florida and was raised in Charlotte, NC. He grew up attending McKee Road Baptist Church in Matthews, NC. He graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and started a 23 year career as a Music Educator. Along the way he has played trumpet professionally, directed many different choral groups and he sings in a award winning barbershop quartet called Zero Hour. His favorite verse is 1st Chronicles that states, "Then David and all of Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals and with trumpets." He is married to his wonderful wife, Robin, and they have two daughters Austin and Amanda. He also has four beautiful granddaughters: Abigail, Emma, Bella and Olivia.

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Allison Hinson serves as the church's Ministry Assistant. She has been at the church since 2009. She lives in Monroe with her husband Robbie and their four children. Outside of her role at the church, she enjoys teaching Pilates in downtown Monroe.

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Dr. Chris Baucom, our Senior Pastor, has served at Benton's Cross Roads since September of 2010. Along with a passion to preach, Pastor Chris enjoys singing with his family and playing musical instruments like the piano, guitar, and banjo. He currently serves as the Moderator for the Union Baptist Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the Union County Council on Aging, and is on call for funeral homes in the area that need a pastor when a family needs one to minister to them. He has been married to the love of his life, Deanna, for 26 years.  Together they have three children and a daughter-in-law they dearly love.  They have two grandchildren…with another one on the way! Pastor Chris loves Ephesians 2:8-10  “For by Grace are you saved, through Faith, and that not of yourselves!  It is a gift from God!  Not of works, lest any man should boast!  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works!”  Pastor Chris is also well known for saying “Bless your heart!” 
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Rev. Darren Adams, our Associate Pastor, began serving at Benton's Cross Roads in September of 2002. God has given him a heart for students and their families. His desire is to see young people love the Lord, grow in their faith and connect their peers to Christ. Darren also has a passion for helping others through Biblical counseling and has his Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He and his wife, Wava, live in Indian Trail with their two boys Brayden and Oliver. Wava volunteers weekly at the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Some of Darren's hobbies include coaching baseball and participating in any outdoor sports. His life verse is Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."

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Beth Adams serves as our Pianist/Rehearsal Accompanist for the choir. She is an active vocalist using her voice to serve God every chance she gets when she is not playing piano.