Pastor Ben graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. & an M.A. in Leadership Development, a field he feels blessed to use in the church. After graduating with his Master’s degree from Texas A&M, Pastor Ben became the Perry Abernathy Recreation Center’s, Executive Director. Pastor Ben was selected to participate in the Impact Texas Program for Non-Profit Executive Directors in Texas. During his time at The PARC, Ben attended seminary at SMU-Perkins School of Theology and graduated with honors with a Master’s degree in Divinity. Pastor Ben has led worship in over 30 churches as a guest preacher and leads churches through visioning and mission exercises teaching at both the local church and district levels. He has also taught Organizations in Conflict, Peace & Reconciliation, District Lay Speaker (now Servant) Training, and mentors several pastors and candidates for ministry.
Sharing about the culture and vision changes possible in any church anywhere, Pastor Ben was the keynote speaker at the “2016 Small Church Big Deal” Conference. Pastor Ben and Pattison UMC were honored to be awarded the “Small Membership Church of the Year” award in 2017 by the Texas Annual Conference.
Ben’s leadership skills, passion for ministry, and focus on the mission field are driving the church to change its tactics for reaching the lost, the least, the lonely, as well as the “nones” and the “dones.” Under Pastor Ben’s leadership, churches develop innovative relationship partners, including local business partners, other churches, non-profit groups, and social clubs that have led to higher community participation rates for the community’s betterment, the school district, and especially with children. Pastor Ben serves on the Houston West Emmaus Community Board as the Community Spiritual Director.
Pastor Ben loves fishing and hunting. He is always looking for people to join him as he fishes the Freshwater Lakes and the Texas Coast throughout the year (but mostly on Mondays or Fridays). He lives for the opportunity to spend quality time with people and takes advantage of anything fun to do with others to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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