Rev Scott Benoit and his wife, Rhonda Benoit, give God the glory for the opportunity to serve the precious people of the Indian Village United Pentecostal Church and the Indian Village community.
Rev and Mrs. Benoit have been blessed with a beautiful family: daughter Natalie and son-in-law Keagan Fontenot and son, Dylan Benoit. Rev. Benoit grew up in Lake Charles and the community of Evangeline, La.
Pastor Benoit has vivid memories as a young boy attending the Sunday school that his grandfather, Rev Norbert Benoit, at one time pastored in the community of Evangeline, La. Rev Benoit later graduated from Iota High School and furthered his education at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. He graduated from McNeese State University in 1995 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Microbiology. During his time at McNeese, he began attending Eastwood Pentecostal Church where he met his wife, Rhonda Hickingbottom and received the gift of the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus name.
As a young minister, Rev Benoit served under Pastor Murrell Ewing from 1994 to 2005 as Young Married pastor, Foreign Missions director, and Sunday School superintendent for youth ages 15-21.
In these early years of service with Pastor Ewing, Rev. Benoit developed a compassion for people and a zeal for God’s Word as he pursued his licensing with the United Pentecostal Church International.
In 2006, Rev. Benoit and his young family moved to San Francisco, California to become the Associate Pastor at Abounding Grace under Rev. Mark Morgan. In this capacity, Rev. Benoit performed pastoral duties to serve his local church and promote outreach for the city of San Francisco. During this time, Rev Benoit and his family learned practical and spiritual lessons about how to serve a growing church.
In 2011, Rev. Benoit and his family moved back to Lake Charles and began serving in the role of an Evangelist for the United Pentecostal Church International. For nine years, he has traveled throughout the United States, holding revivals and preaching the gospel. In this capacity, he developed a close friendship with Rev. Terry Bushnell and the good people of Indian Village United Pentecostal Church.
During the revivals in this local church, God began to give the Benoit family a love for the IVUPC family. In 2019, God’s plan came to fruition, and Rev. and Mrs. Benoit was elected as pastor of IVUPC after the retirement of Rev. Terry Bushnell. With full hearts and clear vision, Pastor and Mrs. Benoit look forward to serving the Indian Village United Pentecostal Church and the surrounding community.