Dr. David Benjamin
David has a Ph.D. in New Testament, served as a missionary in Asia, and helps coach cross country at Midlothian High School. But most of all, David is a person who is committed to Jesus Christ and wants to discover what that means in everyday life and in his relationships with others. David says that in the Sunday messages he tries to convey meaningful, biblical truths that have real life applications in an engaging form that communicates God’s love and is easily understood by anyone. David is married to Jana, who also has a seminary degree. They have two children, Claire and Evan. David’s mother, Lou, is also a member at Winfree. He says that Winfree is “home” for them and hopes that you will discover the same is true for you.
Jimmy joined Winfree back in June of 2014. He has a dual degree in Religion/Philosophy and Psychology from Roberts Wesleyan College. His wonderful wife, Meagan, is a drama teacher at a local high school. Jimmy has spent most of his life in Upstate New York, which is why he is a huge fan of the Syracuse Orange and the Buffalo Bills. Jimmy truly has a passion for helping students navigate through the difficult times in their lives while trying to point them to how much Jesus loves, cares for them, and wants to be at the center of their lives.
Rev. Cynthia Collins
Minister of Children & Families
Rev. Cynthia Collins came to Winfree on January 1, 2013. She has been in the ministry for over twenty-two years and and graduated with a Bachelor of Ministry in Religious Education and Music from Florida Baptist Theological College. She also attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Arts in Christian Education with a Concentration in Ministry to Children. Helping children develop a significant relationship with Christ is her passion.
Rev. Joshua Roberts
Young Adult Minister
Joshua is new newest member of the Winfree Church staff, joining us in
July 2022. He is passionate about helping people grow in their walk with Jesus and seek to know Him more each day. Josh graduated from Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He is a native of Ohio and has served as a pastor in churches in both Ohio and Virginia.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Matthew Knesal is a Liberty graduate class of 2021, with a love and joy for worship leading, audio engineering, light design, as well as songwriting. With experience working and producing for worship leaders such as Michael W. Smith and Mac Powell, he is excited to bring his worship and commercial music experience to Winfree. Born right here in Midlothian Virginia, Matthew is excited to share his love of music and worship with the Winfree congregation. He has a heart for training more than just singers and musicians, but to train leaders for Christ.
Traditional Worship Leader
Jennifer Ripley is a Chesterfield County native and grew up in church singing in the choir and playing handbells. She received her BA in music with a concentration in Voice from VCU. Jennifer has 25 years of experience leading a church music ministry, having served at two churches. She is passionate about finding ways to help others experience the gospel through music, whether that is listening and singing from the congregation or participating in a choir.
Lindy studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University and has a degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. With plenty of financial experience in businesses as well as churches, we are so glad to have welcomed Lindy to the Winfree staff in February 2022. She also currently serves as the Music Director at Good Shepherd United Methodist. Lindy enjoys family time with her husband, Doug, and five sons -especially at the beach!
Hannah graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies in 2017 and is a California native. She has a great passion for serving the Lord in a variety of ways, with music and social media ministry being her favorites. Hannah is a member of Unity Baptist Church in Prince George where she serves in the worship ministry and leads a discipleship group with her husband, Jacob, who is the Worship Pastor there.
Kelsea joined Winfree in the spring of 2017. She has always had a passion for design and graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in 2010. Since then, she has explored many creative endeavors and is raising a daughter who is in elementary school. Kelsea enjoys being part of the Winfree family and serving the staff and church members in her role designing and creating Winfree's major publications.
Michele is a native North Carolinian with many family ties to Virginia. She received her Bachelor's Degree of Music and Master's of Music in Piano Performance from Greensboro College and Converse College, respectively. She also has certification in Music Education and is a piano instructor at Salisbury Presbyterian Church Music Academy. Michele and her husband, Bill, live in Midlothian with their cairn terrier, Scooter. They have a son, Will, who lives in Richmond.