Ben became a Christian in kindergarten during a Sunday morning service at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church. He moved with his family to Lakeland at age 9, where he attended Trinity Presbyterian. Moving to a new city and a small church was a big step out of his comfort zone, and an opportunity for deep growth in his life. He fondly remembers his years at school and his involvement with Trinity. After high school he attended the University of Florida, with a major in English and a minor in Religion. He is thankful to God for the good friends he had in college who held him accountable and got him involved with RUF. The summer after his sophomore year, Ben did a summer internship at Good Shepherd. He stayed involved with the church’s youth group, and after graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he moved to Ocala. He now works as Good Shepherd’s Student Ministry Director.