Ben is married to his partner in ministry, Maria. They have four children; Benjamin, Marissa, Judah and Asher. Before the Lord called Ben & Maria into full time Ministry, Ben was a public school teacher in and around the city of Chicago and abroad. He was trained in the Education Department of Northern Illinois University and received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
Along his journey, Ben had the privilege of serving the Lord in many different areas and learning from some tremendous people. At West Leonard Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, the Will County Adult Detention Center, Niños Heroes Academy, Oak Prairie Junior High, the Guam International Christian Academy, and Community Life Christian Reformed Church in Lockport, IL.
Ben has a heart for Eastern Van Buren County going back over 30 years when his grandfather bought a cottage on Christie Lake in Lawrence. He is a member of the Paw Paw Conservation Club and truly enjoys the beautiful countryside of this area. Ben continues to partner with community leaders and other organizations to help make a redemptive impact in the lives of people along this road of life.
For the last few years, Ben has been volunteering in several areas of the community, such as helping address the needs of students with trauma in the local public schools and serving as a member of the Critical Incident & Stress Management Team of the Sheriff's Department.