Leadership Team 

Pastors & Ministry Staff

William & Charlatta Bennett

Lead Pastors 

William & Charlatta have been serving as Lead Pastors of City of Refuge Ministries since January 2007. Pastor William has a servant's heart and preacher's anointing. Pastor Charlatta teaches powerfully, and walks in her anointing with grace, humility, and strength. They are the parents of 4 beautiful children: Valerie, Heaven, Braylee, and William Jr. 

Colleen Bennett-Houston 


Pastor Colleen is the Co-founder of City of Refuge Ministries. She co-founded City of Refuge with her late husband Pastor Andrew Bennett Sr. in 1976. Pastor Colleen is a dynamic trailblazer and preacher in her own right. She currently serves within the broader community as our Outreach Pastor. 

Johnnie & Rachel Jones 

Associate overseers

Pastors Johnnie and Rachel Jones are faithful members of City of Refuge Ministries. They have been attending City of Refuge Ministries for over 30 years, combined. They serve as the Associate Overseers of City of Refuge Ministries, helping our Senior Pastors and Co-founder lead City of Refuge Ministries. 

Maurice Hilt 

Pastoral Administration

If you would like to set up an appointment or meeting with Pastor William Bennett, please email Maurice Hilt. 

Thelma Ellis

Administrative Overseer

Cecilia Ruffin

Adjutant Overseer

Billy Ruffin

Elder and ministers council overseer

Charlatta Bennett

Women's overseer

Johnnie Jones

Men's Pastor 

Anna Ruffin

Young Adult overseer

Anitha Riggs

Children's overseer 

Christa Platt 

Worship overseer

Truly Riggs

Mother's Board Overseer

Freda Haywood

business, finance, & Prayer Overseer

Kanya Haywood

General Secretary