Ben was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan where he attended and graduated from Lakeshore Baptist Academy. After finishing college in Tennessee, he worked as a computer technician with InfoSystems, Inc. in Chattanooga. He also worked as an emergency medical technician and volunteered with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Squad. In 1997 he spent a year as a short-term missionary in Russia. In 2001 he was called into the full time ministry and was ordained by the Lupton Drive Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, on December 9, 2001.
Ben has been the senior pastor of Eastlake Baptist Church in Crown Point, Indiana, since April of 2017. He previously served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Bremen, Indiana, from 2008 to 2017, and as the pastor of Griffith Creek Baptist Church in Alderson, West Virginia, from 2002 to 2007. In 2001 to 2002 he was the assistant/interim pastor at Sara Bay Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida.
Apart from his studying and pastoral duties, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, especially if that time is spent on the lake fishing, skiing, or tubing.
For recent sermons by Ben, please visit www.eastlakebaptist.net.
- Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN – Doctor of Ministry (2016) Dissertation: Preparing First Baptist Church for the Collision of Biblical Morality and Public Depravity
- Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA – Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling (2013)
- Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN – Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems (1995)