Pastor Ben and his wife Sarah have four children: Sierra, Kiersten, Joey, and Jeremiah. Ben and Sarah both grew up in Michigan but met in Greenville, South Carolina, where they attended college. After graduation, they married and then moved to Tennessee. Throughout their ministries and moves, they have felt privileged to live and raise their kids in West Virginia.
Ben came as lead pastor to First Baptist of Fairlea in January of 2023, after more than 18 years serving as youth pastor in four previous churches. He puts a special focus on service and missions and loves seeing various ages and backgrounds come together to serve Jesus by serving the local community, state, region, and world. Ben’s favorite book of the Bible is currently Romans (It changes often!), and his favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21. Ben cares deeply for the local church and seeks to equip and encourage disciples to grow in their walk with Christ and to commit their lives to Him, no matter how and where.
Ben earned a Master’s degree in Christian Ministries but plans to always focus on furthering his education through various outlets. Ben’s hobbies include travel, hiking, watching documentaries or anything to do with football or soccer, attempting to golf, discussing anything over coffee, and enjoying all types of international cuisine!