Rev. Dr. Quentin L. Bennett joins Furley with over 32 years of professional ministry experience in the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church. He retired from appointive ministry in 2016. He has served in active ministry, at Leon, Rosalia, Tisdale (Sunflower Parish Director), Wellington, Lyons, McPherson (Executive Pastor), and as interim pastor for Conway Springs, Harper, and Argonia. Prior to answering his call to the professional ministry in 1989, Quentin spent 3 years as a Computer Systems Analyst and Programmer for the Mutual of Omaha Companies, and 10 years with Nekoosa Papers Company of Great Northern Nekoosa.
Quentin graduated in 1992 with his Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, and was ordained an Elder in 1994. In 2003 he received his Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in worship and rural populations from St. Paul. During his time at St. Paul he received honors for his biblical studies, and work in social justice. His undergraduate degree is a B. S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, and in 1985 he received his M.B.A. from Texas A & M-Texarkana. Quentin has also spent the last 14 years working with the Center for Pastoral Ministry in Highlands Ranch, CO studying family systems theory, and its impact on his own ministry.
Quentin is married to Patricia ("Ticia") Bennett. Ticia is a retired Ordained Deacon, and Associate Member of the Great Plains Conference. Quentin and Patricia are blessed with four daughters; Arvilla, an Instructional Coach with the Wichita Schools; Amanda Baker, a United Methodist Pastor serving Baldwin City; Leslee Patterson, Executive Enrollment Manager, Student Affairs at Claremont Lincoln University; Patricia ("Tricia"), Rail Operations Manager at POET Ethanol Products; two sons-in-laws, Lance Patterson, and Ross Baker; one future son-in-law, Kayden; and four grandchildren, James (12), Daegan (12), Charles (9), and William (7).
Ministry drives Quentin to seek new and innovative ways to help congregations live out their role as ministers of the Gospel. One venue for this ministry is Volunteers in Mission efforts that offer ways to be in ministry while also taking a spiritual journey for individual growth. A lifelong Methodist, he treasures the old while welcoming the new as the Word of God moving forward in the world.