I am 27 years old, single but in a serious 3+ year relationship. I have one niece through my oldest brother and a niece and nephew through my other brother. I am currently working part time at the church I am at now, while working a full time job at a medical supply company. It is my dream to work full time with students, sharing with them the passion and joy I have found in a relationship with Jesus. There is a picture frame housing a simple note that sits on my desk as a daily reminder of where my priorities lie. It was my youth pastors and he handed it down to me. It says: "Ben, if they just get to know you, they will die. But if they get to know me, they will live." - Jesus
I love sports, specifically the Chicago Cubs and the Indianapolis Colts. I enjoy reading; my favorite author is Ted Dekker. I am passionate about writing and am in the process of completing my first manuscript.
To work in a ministry devoted to teaching students that life is all about a personal relationship with Jesus.
Dec 2009 - Present
Youth Pastor/Assistant Pastor
The overall vision for this youth ministry will abide by the theme: All of life comes down to just one thing, and that's to know Jesus and make him known. The purpose is to guide the teen group to become not only hearers but also doers of the Word of God (James 1:22). We want to form disciples who make disciples. But to be able to do this, there must be a deep understanding and faith in Christ Jesus which will lead to a tight bond within the youth group. Whoever truly believes in Christ will not only accomplish the words that Jesus did, but even more (John 14:12). We ultimately want the youth to develop a desire to spread the gospel to everyone because the harvest is ripe and the Lord has called every one of us to share in His work.
It is the mission of One Mind Presbyterian Church to engage the youth of this generation in a culturally relevant way, equipping them to become mature Christ-followers.
It is the mission of the youth pastor of One Mind Presbyterian Church to engage the youth of this generation on a personal, emotional, and spiritual level, while setting the example of how to be a mature Christ-follower.
Dec 2009 - Present
Aug 2006 - May 2008
Log Cabin Devotional
A small group of students started meeting out at a log cabin on Wednesday nights for singing, prayer, bible study and fellowship. In 2006 I was appointed co-leader of the devotional. Our numbers ranged anywhere from 20-50 during my time there. It was my job to coordinate speakers for each Wednesday night, people to lead prayer, and to find worship leaders. Occasionally I would lead one of these tasks. I also worked together with a small group of guys to coordinate special year end events such as a year end barbecue. I also created a themed devotional about releasing our burdens and giving them to God. It was a lot more than our traditional devotional and lasted twice as long. We had more worship, more speakers, and time for reflection, prayer, and art.
May 2007 - Aug 2007
Youth Pastor Intern
I spent a summer as an intern at Alma School Road Church of Christ. I planned activities for the youth including lock-ins, movie nights, Bible studies, bowling, and laser tag. I taught class on Sunday morning and on Wednesday nights. The theme I used for the summer was DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Discovering God In Our World. I used popular shows such as Man vs. Wild and Mythbusters to engage the kids in relevant ways and get them to look at the world through God's eyes.
2003 - 2006
I grew up going to Sturdy Road Church of Christ. After graduating and going off to college, often times when I would come home I would serve as a chaperon for their youth events. These included lock-ins, retreats and a trip to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee for Smokey Mountain Discipleship Camp. Throughout my time I mentored groups of young men, often leading them in Bible study. I led worship and prayers and helped out on trail hikes.