On October 6, 1963, Benson Memorial United Methodist Church was organized with 25 charter members.The church was given the name Benson Memorial in memory of Mr. Baxter B. Benson, whose wife, Mrs. Lula Underhill Benson, had created in her last will and testament a fund to help establish a new Methodist Church in Raleigh.
Over the years, Benson Memorial has gained a reputation in the community for the excellence of its outreach ministries. These include Hinton Rural Life Center, Prison Ministry, Good Neighbors Ministry, North Raleigh Ministry, The United Methodist Women, The Men's Ministry, Church and Society, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Scout Programs, and annual donation drives for Jeffreys Grove Elementary School and The Methodist Home for Children.
The strength of Benson Memorial is the membership. We come from diverse backgrounds and from differing religious communions. We are an ecumenical fellowship, but we are one in our common agreement that, as Christians, God has called us to be in creative mission for him within the realities of the contemporary world. Christian faith is not a solitary commitment; we all belong together!
In 1963 we were a bold idea. Today, we are the body of Christ. Through the members of this church, lives have been changed by the grace of God. Through the Spirit that fills us, countless persons have been touched by our Savior Jesus. Won't you join us on our journey?