Benton Street Baptist Church


Gary McNitt

Senior Pastor

Gary joined the staff at Benton in June of 2005. He left the small business he has operated in the K-W area for the past 17 years. Gary ministered in Montreal and Kitchener before starting a decorating and renovation business in 1988. He ministered in New Hamburg from 1995-2004 while operating the business. He holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and Central Baptist Seminary. Gary and his wife, Marylou, have lived in the K-W area for over 20 years and have three sons.

Jaye Rice

Pastor of Young Adult Ministries

Before coming to Benton Street Baptist Church in August 2007, Jaye worked for Montreal Youth for Christ for six and a half years as the program coordinator at their sports and arts youth center - Terra Nova. In April of 2007, Jaye received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Concordia University. He is currently working towards a Masters of Theological Study at Heritage Seminary, Cambridge, Ontario.

Jaye worked as Benton Street Baptist's Pastor of Student Ministries from August 2007 until March 2012 when he changed roles and became the Pastor of Young Adult Ministries. Jaye has a passion for seeing people desire a real relationship with Jesus Christ and become His disciples. He seeks to do this through various means including the arts, Bible studies, good cups of coffee, outdoor activities and cross-cultural partnerships, just to name a few.

Jaye is married to Madeleine and they have four children.

You can follow Jaye on Twitter: @jaye_rice

Doug Thomson

Pastor of Music and Worship

Doug holds a B.A. in music from The University of Western Ontario, a Masters Degree in Theology from Tyndale University College and a Masters Degree in Music (choral conducting) from the University of Hartford, eventually studying briefly with the world renowned Maestro Robert Shaw at Furman University in South Carolina. Doug has also earned a Licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College in England and a doctorate in worship theology from the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville Fl. As a teacher he has taught at Alma College in St. Thomas and at the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music in London and presently heads the Music Department at Heritage College, Cambridge and serves as the Pastor of Music and Worship at Benton Street Baptist Church, Kitchener, having formerly served for nearly fifteen years in the same capacity at Forward Baptist Church, Cambridge. In addition to teaching and performing, he remains active as an adjudicator, clinician, and conference speaker.

Megan McCullough

Parish Nurse

Megan McCullough has been attending Benton for many years, raising her family of four children in this church with her husband. She is a registered nurse who has worked in many settings over her career, including emergency, oncology, hospice palliative care, education and Community Care Access Centre. Megan has completed a certificate in Parish Nursing.

Megan is excited about the opportunity to support the health (physical, emotional and spiritual) of the people in our congregation and its community. She feels called to a ministry to promote health, healing and wholeness. Megan also has a vision to encourage every member of our congregation to be involved in caring relationships.

Mario Masbad


Mario arrived in Canada from the Philippines in September 1993 with his wife Jocelyn and two children. The Lord called Mario, who has an engineering degree in communications, to work at Benton as a custodian in April 1994. In the Philippines Mario served as a deacon, a worship leader, a Bible study leader, sang solos and was a member of a male quartet group. The Lord continues to use Mario through singing here at Benton and in various Christian events. Mario wants to be known through this statement: "Jesus is my music. I'm just a singer of his songs."

Joseph Elliotson

Treasurer & Donor Services

Joseph began attending Benton in 2005 where he quickly found a place to belong. In addition to participating as worship team trumpeter and choir pianist for several years, he currently serves as Treasurer, Head Teller (Donor Services) and finance committee member. It was through Benton in 2007 that he met and fell in love with his wife Jenny, with whom he has four young children.

Joseph is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He spent over 10 years in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers before starting his own financial planning and accounting practice in 2014.

Joseph is excited about the biblical vision for financial strategy and management, and desires to honour Jesus both by being a biblically faithful and wise manager (Lk 12:42) and by building others up in Christ-honouring stewardship.