Leadership Staff

Pastors and Office Directors


Rev. Joel Morgan - Senior Pastor

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Joel_profile.jpgPastor Joel has served in pastoral ministry since 1988, and as pastor of Royal Redeemer since 1999.  Previous to his time here, he served for eleven years as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Columbia, Maryland.  He and his wife, Dana, have four children, ages 19-26.

Pastor Joel is passionate about church community as family (in the best sense), a place for imperfect people to belong and to grow in relationship with God and one another.  He particularly enjoys storytelling, preaching, teaching, softball, and racquetball.

His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Cincinnati.  He received a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1988, and a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland in 1990.

To contact Pastor Joel, call the church office at 513-779-4740 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Rev. John Benham - Executive Pastor

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

John Benham website picPastor John’s primary Spiritual Gifts are: teaching, administration, encouragement and leadership. In his role as Executive Pastor, he is directly responsible for the development of Royal Redeemer’s Connect-Grow-Serve (CGS) Communities, where we “Live out the love of the King” by: connecting relationally with each other, growing spiritually and serving others. In addition, he has administrative responsibilities that include overseeing the operation of our facility, HR functions, stewardship education and our annual budget, as well as Pastoral duties.

Pastor John is a second career Pastor who brings 35 years of experience in Business to his calling. His business experience includes developing, training and implementing teams and programs, as well as managing the day to day operation of a 250,000 square foot Research facility located in Blue Ash, Ohio. He holds degrees in Biology (Univ. of Illinois) and Chemistry (Roosevelt University) as well as MBA coursework (IIT).

Prior to his call to Royal Redeemer, Pastor John graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo with an MA in Practical Theology and served as sole Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill, NC for 9 years.

Pastor John is passionate about helping people grow spiritually and becoming all that God has created them to be. He is married to Beth and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

To contact Pastor John, call the church at 513-779-4740 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Vicar Ben Burge - Ministry Assistant

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church
Ben Burge1Ben Burge serves Royal Redeemer as Vicar and Ministry Assistant by recruiting, training, and supporting ministry leaders and volunteers, as well as by providing strategic leadership in the area of spiritual development to the specific ministries of children, student, family, and adult ministries.  Ben is a dynamic communicator who believes the church is the fertile soil where the Spirit of God creates, grows, and sustains us so that we mature in our faith. 
Ben grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and attended college at Concordia University, Ann Arbor in Michigan where he met his wife Debby and graduated with a degree in Family Life.  From there he has traveled with an adventurous spirit to work with churches in Alberta, Cincinnati, and  Columbus in various capacities.  Ben and his wife are happy to live in the Cincinnati area and raise their two children, Magnolia and Barrett.  Ben is currently enrolled in a distance learning program at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN where he will receive a Specific Ministry Pastor designation.

Jeannie Setters - Preschool Director

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Jeannie Setters Royal Redeemer Preschool DirectorJeannie Setters was born and raised in South Florida and lived in Northern Virginia before moving to Mason, Ohio.  She attended Florida International University, graduating with a degree in Special Education.  After teaching developmentally disabled children for several years in South Florida and Virginia, she put her career aside to raise her children.  When her youngest boy was 3 years old, she taught some "Mom & Me" classes that later became known as Royal Rascals.  In September 2000, with the help of some wonderful people, she began and continues to Direct and teach 3's & 4/5's at Royal Redeemer Christian Preschool.

Jeannie is married to Dan, a Manager with the Kroger Company, and has three sons and a step-daughter.

Contact: For more information about the Royal Redeemer Preschool, please contact our Director, Jeannie Setters at 513-779-0724 or Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Amy Tincher - Contemporary Music Coordinator

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Amy Tincher picAmy knew from a young age that she was meant to serve God with her gifts and talents.  Her passion for the Lord and heart for people has motivated her from age 12 to the present to seek out or create opportunities to give and to serve.  Her life has been rich with experiences of travel, construction, cooking, teaching, fundraising, public speaking, organizing, and making music all for the glory of God.

She is currently employed at East Butler YMCA as the head coach of the Junior Wahoo pre-competitive swim team for the GMVY Association.  She is also a homeschooling mother to Grace, 14, and Noah, 13.  She is married to Adam and lives in  Liberty Township.  When Amy is not teaching school, coaching swimmers, or making music, she can often be found in the kitchen preparing meals for her homeless brothers and sisters living on the streets in the Cincinnati area. 

Amy's gifts include singing, playing bass guitar and some percussion, administrative leadership, and organizational skills.  She has a extensive background in children’s music and drama and is passionate about engaging children and youth, as well as adults, in worship experiences.. 

Amy has a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Special Education and served in several school districts as a specialist and teacher prior to becoming a mother.  She has served as a volunteer teacher in Sunday School for several years, written and directed many musicals and pageants, and developed curriculum for school and church programs.  


Jennifer Samson - Office Manager

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Jennifer Samson was born and raised in Kansas and relocated to the Cincinnati area in 2006 when her husband Daren was transferred with the Kroger Company.  Before becoming the Office Manager at Royal Redeemer in 2007 Jennifer had worked at the First National Bank of Hutchinson, Kansas for 15 years.  

The Samsons are at home in Fairfield Township and have two grown children.  Jennifer enjoys quilting, sewing, crocheting and numerous other crafty hobbies.

Contact Jennifer at the church office 513-779-4740 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Missy Longworth - Facility Manager

Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Missy LongworthMissy Longworth was born and raised in Cincinnati. She and her husband, Rod, live in Liberty Township with their three children, Taylor, Shelby and Eric. In addition to her role as the Facility Manager, Missy also volunteers as part of the Tech Team and is a substitute teacher for the Royal Redeemer Christian Preschool. Missy’s hobbies include the Bengals, Contemporary Christian music, and crocheting.

Contact Missy at the church office 513-779-4740


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