Born and raised in Asheville, NC, Ben is married to Janae, who he met in a Sunday school class on suffering, and they still differ on when their first date actually occurred (Ben claims it was when they had coffee at Mill Mountain). They have two daughters, Abbie and Madeline, and two beagles, one that is super sweet, and the other that simply tries his best, bless his heart.
Ben enjoys playing music, especially the banjo (Matthew 7.1-2), and enjoys baking scones and taking walks, but not at the same time. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, Ben served as the worship and arts pastor at a church just outside Asheville. He holds degrees from Appalachian State and Virginia Tech, and received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.