Apostle Founder Dr. John Benefiel and his wife, Judith, are the Founders and Senior Pastors of Church on the Rock – Oklahoma City. Their God-Given vision is to see all of Oklahoma and the Home of the Red Man saved and transformed by the love and power of God. In 1996 Dr. Benefiel left his career of 26 years as a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor to commit his time and life work to Church on the Rock and the Kingdom of God. He and his wife, Judith, founded Church on the Rock – Oklahoma City in 1991. He received his Doctorate of Theology degree from the Jacksonville Theology Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida in May 1995. John serves as the First Vice President of Church on the Rock International, an apostolic network of over 6,000 churches worldwide. Because of his range of experience in the religious and business sectors Dr. Benefiel is considered a valued advisor to various corporations and organizations. He has been involved in various areas of counsel with Oklahoma state and city government officials and church leaders and is a Board Member and an observer for the University of Oklahoma Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Conferences in Amman, Jordan, Jerusalem, Israel and Norman, Oklahoma, USA. John and his wife, Judith, have been married for 48 years and have been in the ministry for over 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Pastor Rhett joined the staff of COTR in June of 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma with majors in both Accounting and Finance and a minor in Legal Studies. After several years in business as an auditor, consultant, senior analyst, and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Rhett has served for 22 years overseeing the staff and ministries of COTR. Rhett and his beautiful wife Julie married in 1993 and are blessed with two children, Mitchell and Kayla. In his free time, Rhett enjoys date nights with Julie, spending time with his kids, tennis, reading, going to OU football games, and traveling with his family.