April 4, 1899, near Marion, Ohio.

August 2, 1975.

Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

A Church of the Nazarene minister, Benner was educated at Olivet Nazarene College and Vanderbilt University of Southern California. After serving as a college professor, and later as a pastor at Santa Monica, California; Spokane, Washington; and Kansas City First Church, Benner was elected the first president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary in l944. He was elected general superintendent in 1952, serving until retiring in 1968. He was general superintendent emeritus until his death; Benner Hall and Benner Library on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University are named after him. Benner’s works include:

  1. Jesus Is My Refuge
  2. Not My Will but Thine
  3. O Shout the News!
  4. Power in the Blood of Jesus
  5. The Church in Mission