Elizabeth Benson

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

I am a lifelong Episcopalian, and a member since 2002 of St. Thomas, Terrace Park, where I serve on vestry and the advisory board of the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, as well as sing in the parish choir. Since moving from the Diocese of Chicago at 13 years old, I have been a member of Christ Church Glendale, Holy Trinity Oxford, All Saints Pleasant Ridge, and Holy Trinity Kenwood.

Since 2004, I have attended family camp at Procter Center with my children, now 17 and 20. In our early years there, I was a single parent, and the love, compassion, joy, and community that I experienced with my children will stay with me forever. I learned that “life on the farm” could bring people from all walks of life and family structures together in fellowship and fun to the greater glory of God. The staff, from administrators, to counselors, to kitchen and maintenance, and now farmers, steward this gift in a way that keeps it viable and welcoming for campers and congregations alike.

In the larger community, I have had a 30-year career in the nonprofit sector, currently leading fundraising and marketing for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. My background also includes strategic planning, special events, volunteer management, market research, and succession planning. I have served on a variety of boards and committees in the nonprofit sector over the years. I live with my husband and two children in Mariemont.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

I believe that having a place for rest, retreat, and fellowship is more important than ever. Procter Center has seen many changes since “the farm” became a resource for the Diocese. Generations of young people have learned to love each other and the Lord, and gained important leadership skills, while learning compassion, creativity, and fun. I have had the opportunity to see Procter Center grow through leadership changes at the Diocesan and Center level, and the evolution of the camping program. Given all the instability in our current environment, I would like to contribute my experience, expertise, and commitment to Christian community to this beautiful and significant place in our shared life.