Feleceia Benton

Advocate. Mother. Connector.

I’m a self-employed single mom. I’m 33. I have a little girl, who is 7 and she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when she was born. She doesn’t have fingers on her right hand, and she’s probably more capable than I am. I’m from Desoto, and I’m incredibly invested in that community. I graduated TCU back in 2006 with a couple degrees. One of them was in Musical Theatre, and the other was in Advertising and Public Relations, both of which I do pretty much all of the time.

I run a company called Zoe Communications Agency. I started off working with a lot of small to medium size businesses which transitioned into working with the government and community. I do a lot of work with Desoto Chamber of Commerce, the City of Desoto, and the City of Ferris.

I noticed a lot of flaws in the communication infrastructure within the government, especially as it relates to how the public receives and understands information.  They create all these programs and always have stuff going on, but people don’t know that those programs and events even exist. This is the case in all facets of government – at a community, state, and federal level.

I have a huge heart for reconciling how the church community involves itself in government affairs. I recently began developing a  program called, “Return to the Village,” a concept I’m working on with a few public officials i southern Dallas County. I’m also a student at UNT Dallas working on my Masters Degree in Public Leadership. I have a podcast called Life Chat Radio which I do with another single mamma, as well as an online women’s lifestyle magazine called Elisia magazine.

I’m a fixer. I like to put things together. For example, I’m in the middle of a project, called Sock it To Satan Night, which happens on October 29th, 2016. It’s a free community concert carnival. We partner with different congregations to pull together our resources and energy in order to do one centralized thing for the community while still focusing on the relationships that we cultivate over the entire year.

L: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

F: When I turned 15, I thought I was supposed to be in musical theater, so I wanted to be an actress.

L: If you could give your teenage self a piece of advice, what would it be?

F: Oh, work harder! I would have worked harder and studied harder. I’ve always been smart, but I never had to apply myself because things just came naturally to me.

L: What inspires you?

F:  My kid, everyday. She is priority. Also the reality of understanding of who Jesus is, and what he did when he was on this Earth, that inspires me. The more I understand Jesus, the more I get inspired.

The more I understand Jesus, the more I get inspired.

L: How would you utilize $1,000,000?

F: Finish paying for Sock it to Satan Night! Ha! First and foremost I would pay off my student loan debt. The next thing I would do is pay off my parents and sisters’ debt. I’d put half of the rest of the money to my kids’ future and the rest of that on a house.

L; How has your spiritual life affected your life’s work?

F: My spiritual life is EVERYTHING! If my spiritual life hadn’t affected my life’s work, I’d be working a 9 to 5 or working in New York right now. My spiritual life forces me every moment to walk by faith. I  have no other option because I’m full-time self-employed. It forces me to live a life of faith. It sustains me by the skin-of-my-teeth. My credentials make me look like I have it all together, but I’m actually trying to figure out how to buy food this week. However, the Lord has sustained me by the greatest mystery.

L: What’s the one thing that you want to be remembered for?

F: I want to be remembered for two things. My favorite verse is Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” I want my name to be strong. I want my name to forever have left some sort of impact. I fundamentally believe that we’re called to love God and love people. I want to be remembered for loving people so hard that it hurts. That’s the kind of love that forces you to live better.

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