The journey that has led me to you has been a whirlwind of Jonah-like experiences. As the new guy on the block I thought I would just tell you a little bit about that journey.
(I’ll try to be brief.)
At the age of sixteen I stood before my local church and announced that I felt God was calling me into the Ministry. The problem was, I had already signed the next four years of my life away to the United States Marine Corps. Even though I had begun preaching Sunday afternoons in nursing homes and was thrilled by this ministry experience, ten day after graduating from High School I was swallowed by the whale of The United States Marine Corps.
While in San Diego I became involved with a church that had an active drama ministry. I served as a Drama Director and helped with several new church plans. God was using me to change lives and it was rewarding. This was followed by a career in Law Enforcement and I even tried my hand at acting in the lovely city of Hollywood. I still felt the calling into Ministry but much like Jonah, I fled. I often felt as though I was “cursed with a good job.” I was afraid to quit my job and actively pursue God’s calling upon my life.
One day I received a telephone call from Indiana and discovered that my best friend of twenty years had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Standing in the rain at his graveside service I felt God calling me to move back to Indiana. I humbly obeyed God’s leading.
After having settled in Indiana for some time I found myself and Shanna (my then fiancée) seated in a McDonalds preparing to drive to the Sheriff’s office and accept yet another “good” job. The more we sat and discussed the job the more we felt the time had come for me to leave my “good” jobs and pursue the Ministry. So there under the golden arches we prayed and immediately started down the path of Ministry. This path included theological training at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. After fleeing my call to Ministry for decades; after many long semester hours; a marriage to Shanna; four children (Tristan 22, Lily 15, Benjamin 12, Maggie 7) and 16 years of active ministry in the United Methodist Church, I now find myself reveling in all that is Knightstown UMC. It’s good to be home. It’s good to be obedient. It’s good to serve God and serve others in Jesus Name. I very much look forward to getting to know and love each and every one of you. May God richly bless you.
Benjamin, Wife Shanna, Lily, Rev. Jeff, & Maggie