Ben grew up in Milwaukee, WI and came to faith in Christ at the age of twelve. He had grown up in a religious home for most of his life to that point, but never had a relationship with Jesus Christ. One Sunday morning at the age of thirteen, he came to realize his need for salvation when he and his family went to visit a Baptist church in the Milwaukee area. It was at that time that he came to Christ in true repentance and faith after one of the morning services. He was called to preach one year later while attending camp. It is a calling and burden that has never left and he would absolutely echo the words of the Apostle Paul and say, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel!”
Pastor Ben has both a B.A and M.A. in Biblical Studies; is an associate member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS); and is currently working toward his Ph.D. He became convinced of the Doctrines of Grace while in undergrad and came to fully embrace Reformed Theology at the end of seminary and during his first year as a pastor. Ben also spent eight years in the business world as a real estate broker and insurance consultant while in college and seminary. This has allowed him to gain valuable experience as a regular church member and business owner. He believes the church should be actively involved in working in and reaching the community. Pastor Ben is an active volunteer firefighter and former sheriff chaplain.
Ben and his wife Andrea have been married for 14 years and have four beautiful children: Anna, Jackson, Alyson, and Ashlee. They came to HBC after pastoring in Michigan for four years. They understand the importance of family and ministry, and desire to have their family involved in the work of the ministry as much as possible.
Whenever he has some free time, Ben is an avid golfer and enjoys playing with church members, friends, and family. He also enjoys reading, running, and taking trips with his family.