Our Leadership

Resurrection Church is a democratic body with no paid staff.  Every preacher and officer is elected, and decisions and financials are fully transparent.

Preaching - preachers@reschurch.org

Dr. Chris Lundberg

Chris Lundberg is the lead preaching elder for Resurrection Church. He is a husband, father of three, and a proud resident of Hillsborough. Theologically, his passion is for a misfit gospel, proclaimed by an outcast, declaring the kingdom of God. He loves other stuff too: debate, college sports, and cooking with his kids. He has been married to the perfect woman for him for more than ten years. They still argue occasionally, but she always wins.  He received his Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. During divinity school he discovered a passion for thinking about the power of the spoken word, so he decided to pursue a PhD in rhetoric at Northwestern University. He is currently the Jeff and Jennifer Allred Professor of Public Speaking and Debate at the Department of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. He writes and teaches about public speaking, rhetoric and the future of democracy. In his spare time, he helps coach the Harvard Debate Team and does communication consulting for clients in Business and Politics.

Dr. Trey Benfield

Trey is a North Carolina native, but grew up on the mean streets of Mauldin, South Carolina. He studied Biology and Business at Winthrop University before earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today he practices optometry in Burlington, Roxboro, and Yanceyville. Trey has a deep and abiding interest in the Old Testament and loves studying Hebrew. He is passionate about uncovering the ancient Near East background of the Bible and making the Old Testament accessible and relevant. His areas of interest include narrative theology, poetics, and hermeneutics. Trey and his wife Tamzen have two little boys. When not seeing patients or working on sermons, Trey enjoys reading history and literature, hunting and fishing, cheering on his beloved NC State Wolfpack, drinking beer, and generally making a nuisance of himself.

Dr. Praveen Sethupathy

Praveen was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but grew up mostly in the bucolic western part of upstate New York. He attended Cornell University and earned his doctorate in Genetics/Genomics at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Praveen is currently an assistant professor of Genetics at the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!), where he leads a research laboratory focused on understanding the causes of a variety of human diseases, including diabetes. Praveen is passionate about topics related to science and faith, and he serves on the advisory board for the BioLogos Foundation. He also speaks to churches, parachurch organizations, and campus audiences about science and faith through the Veritas Forum. His other interests include music, history, movies, good food, and Buffalo Bills football. Praveen and his wife and best friend, Rebecca, have been married for many years and have three wonderful children who are his joy and crown.

Children's Ministry - children@reschurch.org

Beth Lundberg

Beth is originally from Long Island, New York, but she hides her accent well. She and her husband, Chris, have three kids—two girls and a crazy boy. Beth earned an MA from Liberty University in Counseling and worked as a career counselor and recruiter before deciding to stay at home with her munchkins. She loves to work with the Childrenʼs Ministry, coordinating dynamic curriculum for teaching the kids at Resurrection Church. She hopes to expand the ministry to include to a vacation Bible school, momsʼ group, and more. When sheʼs not transporting her kids, she enjoys baking, running and listening to podcasts, and taking the kids to the park to meet friends.

Music - music@reschurch.org

Lucia Matthews

Lucia grew up in Connecticut, but fell in love with North Carolina when she was an undergrad at Wake Forest University; she hasn't left since. Her degree was in Sociology, but some of her favorite courses were in the music department, particularly one called “Music in the Church.” She grew up in a Lutheran church, and although at one time she couldn't bear the thought of church music that didn't involve an organ, she has since broadened her scope. Lucia and her husband, Mason, have been married for many years and have three wonderful boys. When sheʼs not busy chasing or driving around the boys, she enjoys baking, knitting, and (of course) playing the piano.

Pastoral Care - care@reschurch.org

Dave Howell

Dave is a New Jersey transplant who has resided in Efland since 2010. He is married to Patricia, and has one son and two grandchildren.  Dave has a broad business background including banking, finance, and contracting, and his interests include the arts.  He paints commissioned oil portraits, carves and paints duck decoys for competition and sale, and has a love of music.  He claims to only be a mediocre guitar player, but everyone knows better.