As Minister of Music and Worship Arts, Ben is responsible for ensuring that all of our worship venues here at Cordele First are running efficiently and accomplishing our mission of Making Disciples for the Transformation of the World. He is directly responsible for planning the musical and creative content of each service and working alongside the other pastoral staff to ensure that each service has a feeling of cohesion throughout. Ben provides oversight and leadership to our Children’s and Youth Music Ministries as well as helping to coordinate media, technology, and digital communication as it pertains to worship and the life of the church.
About Ben: Growing up a ‘navy brat,’ home was often where his father was stationed, but his family has always considered Cordele ‘home.’ Ben finally moved to Cordele with his family in 2001 and completed his high school years at Crisp Academy and went on to study music at Mercer University. During college, Ben served churches in Pinehurst, Macon, and Vienna, Georgia. After college, Ben served churches in Tampa, Florida and Americus, Georgia where Ben met his wife, Elizabeth. Ben and Liz have spent the past 9 years down in the Panhandle of Florida serving in different congregations including a contemporary church plant, a mainline traditional congregation and one in a tourist/vacation town context. Along the way they have welcomed Isaac, their two year old son to the family. During his time in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Ben served on the CORE Team as the District Representative for Music and Worship. In addition to Ben’s work in church, he was also an Adjunct Instructor at Pensacola State College in the Music and Theater Department. Ben and his family are excited to be back in Cordele and serving at Cordele First.
Ben is very interested in church growth and new church development as well as engaging and equipping creatives both inside and outside the church walls to use their talents to reach people for Christ. Equally comfortable in a comtemporary service or behind the console of a pipe organ, Ben believes in a both/and approach to worship and not either/or.
In Ben’s spare time, he is an avid boater and reader and is very involved in Musical Theatre. He is also a FAA licensed Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot and he and his family love traveling all over the country with their balloon.
Favorite Food: Fresh Gulf Seafood
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 43
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Favorite Song: currently No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music
Favorite Thing To Do: Annual Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New Mexico every October.