Staff

Our Staff

The Carthage Crisis Center is led by Jim and Judy Benton


Jerry Blake

Recycling Supervisor

​Jerry Blake is our “go-getter.” He oversees our recycling pick ups and has continued to add new stops to his normal routes. Jerry picks up discarded metal, cardboard and other paper products. He brings them back to the Center where we sort the material and sell the recyclables as we are able. Jerry is a hardworking and beloved part of our team.

Jim Benton

Executive Director

Jim Benton
Jim Benton
Jim Benton has been the Executive Director of the Carthage Crisis Center since January of 2016. Jim holds 2 undergraduate degrees from Evangel University; a B. A. in Biblical Studies and a B. S. in Business Management. For the past 30 years, Jim has served in ministry to the poor and needy through Teen Challenge, Compassion International and homeless missions in Springfield, MO and Newark, NJ. Jim enjoys golf, old movies, (especially the Princess Bride) and time with family. Jim and Judy have 3 grown children; Jayme, (Married to Paul Carabello and who recently gave us a grandson, Hudson), Jerrett, (married to Kelsy), and Julee, (married to Tyler Pickles).

Judy Benton

Operations Director

Judy Benton
Judy Benton

Judy Benton has been the Operations Director of Carthage Crisis Center since January 2016. Judy has served as a business owner, real estate agent, and in a great variety of positions helping others. Originally from Wisconsin, Judy and her parents moved to Pennsylvania in 1971 as her father had accepted a position at Valley Forge Christian College. Judy brings a unique set of gifts to the Crisis Center and her organizational skills serve her well.