First Lady Benson3Dr. Rachelle Y. Benson is the First Lady of Total Deliverance Worship Center located in Spring Valley, CA. She is an Ordained National Evangelist within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Dr. Benson is a dynamic speaker and travels throughout the Nation speaking, teaching, and preaching the Gospel. She is also the founder of “Women of Valor”, a women’s ministry established in 2004 to support women through counseling, education, and empowerment. Dr. Benson is married to the love of her life; Suffragan Bishop William A. Benson, Ph.D. and they are the parents of two beautiful girls and one son.

Dr. Rachelle Y. Benson is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Stepping Higher, Inc. Under the leadership of her husband and CEO, this organization was developed with an understanding that the church should be the heartbeat of every community. Stepping Higher, Inc. serves as a beacon within the community of San Diego by offering a variety of services, such as: professional counseling, emergency housing, drug and alcohol license treatment facility, children’s and women’s home, court ordered classes, wellness and fitness classes, nutritional education, and a food distribution program that feeds thousands of individuals each month.

Dr. Rachelle Benson is a dedicated professional with over 26 years of experience within the Human Services field. She is experienced in overseeing, directing, managing, and supervising diverse populations and economically challenged individuals. Dr. Rachelle Benson holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling, a second Ph.D. in Theology, a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, and a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science. She is also the author of a book entitled “Spiritually Desperate Housewives”.

Dr. Benson currently sits on the Board of Directors with the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. This Foundation is dedicated to preparing youth for the future through scholarships and internship opportunities.

Dr. Rachelle Benson is honored to be the Region VI Director of the International Missionary Christian Women’s Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. With this responsibility comes the coordination and oversight of eight individual States.

On October 19, 2013, Dr. William Benson and Dr. Rachelle Benson fulfilled another dream of theirs which was to open up a bible based University. American College & Theological Seminary International University (ACTS-IU) offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees within multiple areas of study.

Dr. Rachelle Benson’s main goal in life is to please God and to inspire others to live for Christ. One of her favorite Scriptures: Psalms 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”