Rita is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University where she earned the Bachelor's of Music Education degree. Upon completing here degree, Rita married her high school sweetheart, Lloyd Sweatt. In 2018 Rita and Lloyd will celebrate 38 years of marriage. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Before entering full-time ministry, Rita was a choral music and drama teacher. Dr. Lloyd Sweatt serves as pastor of a thriving church in Amory, MS where Rita enjoys her role as pastor's wife and Sunday School teacher to the single adults class. Her life theme is Colossians 1:10, "that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (NKJV) MTWR is excited to welcome Rita as keynote speaker for 2019.
Dr. Michael Benson
Mike is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He holds the Doctor of Ministry and Spiritual Formation degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Mike has served in staff ministry, the senior pastorate, as well as evangelism. Currently, his ministerial efforts focus on the biker culture. In addition to serving as the National Evangelist for The Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry, he also co-pastors Salvage Yard Biker Church in Bourbonnais, IL. The church mission is simple; "Love God. Love People. Do Stuff." He and his wife, Gwen, have three grown children. Benson has one published work, "Disciplines for the Inner Life," which he co-authored with his father, the late Bob Benson, former President of the Benson Company. We welcome Dr. Benson for his third engagement at Middle Tennessee Women's Retreat.