My name is Rachel Benson. I am a graduate from Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN. I have been married to my husband and best friend, David Benson, for 2 years and we are expecting our first child in the spring of 2018! I grew up in Finlayson, a tiny town in MN and my husband grew up in the Twin Cities...quite the opposite! As much as we like the Big City, we like Rapids and the quiet lifestyle we think it provides.
Here at Immanuel, I teach Kindergarten, direct Handbells and help coach track. I also help run tech (slides and sound) at church and occasionally sing on the worship team. I love being outdoors! Any type of outdoor activity: camping, swimming, running, biking, playing catch… you name it, I probably like it. I am also a big sports person – I love running and swimming. My favorite sports teams are the MN Vikings, MN Twins and the MN Wild. (Yes, I am a MN Girl and always will be). I love music, whether it is singing listening to it. My favorite Genres are Contemporary Christian and Country including artists such as: Matthew West, Christ Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Hawk Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton…. and many more. If you have not heard of these people you are missing out, look them up. People would describe me as friendly, outgoing and energetic which is why I love to teach the little ones.
What do you miss from your childhood?
I miss just being a kid and having fun without being worried about timing or the stresses of being an adult! I try to bring that "fun" into my classroom where each child who comes into Kindergarten can be a kid, have fun and work hard! Let's not miss out being a kid while we can! And even as adults, take that time to relax and have fun too!
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
God's Not Dead Two. I may not be a public school teacher but like her I love to share my faith and answer questions others have and it should not matter where you are! Stick with God and he will show you the way!
What is something that may have recently changed in your life, and how has God shown you, through that experience, how He never changes?
Something that has recently changed in my life is the number of people in our family. Expecting our firstborn, my husband and I go between being excited and ready, to nervous and scared... Oh how this will change our life style... We know that through it all God has exactly the right plan and timing already set and He will be there to provide for us all that we need. We are already starting to see this as we are very thankful for all the friends and family in our lives that are there to help us through this NEW experience! We are looking forward to it!! Please keep us in your prayers!
Hometown: Finlayson, MN
Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education K-6 with a Pre-Primary Endorsement,
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Minors: Confessional Lutheranism and Music