Dr. Benefiel and his wife, Judith, were married in 1966. They met while both were attending Oklahoma State University. They have three children – Dana, Rhett, and Troy. The children and their families are all actively serving God. Rhett Benefiel is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Rock.
Dr. Benefiel and Judith have ten wonderful grandchildren.
Originally from Cushing, Dr. Benefiel graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and a Master of Business Administration.
After his graduation from OSU, Dr. Benefiel went on to be a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor with Stifel Nicolaus.
He was ordained by World Ministry Fellowship in 1984 and by Church on the Rock International in 1991. He and his wife, Judith, then founded Church on the Rock, Oklahoma City in 1991.
In 1996, Dr. Benefiel earned his Doctorate of Religious Arts in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. In the same year, he left his successful career of 26 years with Stifel Nicolaus to commit his time and life work to Church on the Rock and the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Benefiel is the founding Chairman of the Oklahoma Apostolic Prayer Network, (OAPN), formerly the Oklahoma Concert of Prayer, (OCOP), an interdenominational organization comprised of over 700 Christian churches and ministries and 4,000 intercessors based in Oklahoma, with members throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. OAPN is a statewide movement started in 1995 that God is using to bring unity to the Body of Christ with the goal of seeing the entire State of Oklahoma, and the Home of the Red Man, saved, transformed, and reformed.
In 2006, Dr. Benefiel became the Founding Apostle of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN). Through HAPN, God is joining the hearts of kingdom-minded leaders and believers to work together to change America and the nations, and to see awakening, transformation, and reformation. As prophesied by Chuck Pierce, the mission statement for HAPN is “Changing the Heart of the Nations”. The success of this mission was best stated by C. Peter Wagner, “the results from Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network are the most tangible, measurable results of high level prayer and spiritual warfare that I have heard yet in my life“. Currently HAPN includes leaders and networks in all 50 states in the US, over 40 nations.
After being adopted into the Cheyenne Tribe by Jay Swallow, a direct descendant of Chief Black Kettle the Peace Chief of the Cheyenne Nation, and the Euchee Nation by Negiel Bigpond, Dr. Benefiel gained a deeper understanding of the atrocities committed against the Native American people. He has fervently worked to pass the Native American Resolution of Apology on both the national and state levels to bring healing to the First People Group and to our Nation. The Resolution was passed by the US Congress and signed by President Obama in 2009.
Because of his range of experience, Dr. Benefiel is considered as a valued advisor in the religious and business sectors. He is also considered as a valued advisor to various corporations and organizations. He has been involved in various areas of counsel with Oklahoma state and city government officials and church leaders and was a Board Member and an observer for the University of Oklahoma Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Conferences in Amman, Jordan, Jerusalem, Israel and Norman, Oklahoma, USA.