Ben grew up in Cedar Rapids and has been part of the church his whole life. After marrying his wife Jessica, God convicted Ben’s conscience to pursue ministry and a seminary degree, which he did in 2004. During seminary Ben worked as a Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor. After earning his degree, the church Ben served devastatingly closed its doors. Ben and his family moved back to Cedar Rapids and began attending New Life, where Ben benefitted from years of healing through the Renew Ministry. Ben was recognized as a Pastor in 2016. He is enamored with his wife Jessica and their four children (three teens, pray for them!). They live near Ellis Park with dog Frankie, and somehow manage to get most of their food from Jessica’s garden.
Pastor Ben’s passion is to lead New Life in a way that maintains its DNA of authentic Christianity. By ensuring that we have a plurality of qualified, humble men leading the church in unity, we will be able to see the body of believers last for generations to come. Ben loves shepherding God’s people and longs to lead with the same heart as the Father, which is why his llife verse is 1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God!”