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11 07 2010

Do you believe in love at first sight?  Rebecca and I didn’t fall in love at first sight (that came later and wow), but we fell in love with Baltimore at first sight.  Don’t you want to live in a city with friendly people and a culture worth talking about?  If you don’t already know what Hon Fest and Pit Beef are…you need to!

Over the years we have often traveled through the Mid-Atlantic region of the US and found it a great cultural fit for us.  During our years as youth pastors in Virginia we spent our anniversary weekends in Baltimore.  We enjoyed the culture, food, history, and the aquarium! 

When I was a kid my dad was an Oriole’s fan.  Later we enjoyed one of Ripken’s last games.  There’s nothing quite like Camden Yard!  Not many know that prior to the glory years of ’66-’83 the O’s won it all in 1894, 1895, and 1896.  Despite the recent threat to set the opposite records my kids now sport the O’s gear and so do I.  Truth is that anyone who knows me knows that I am a rabid NFL fan.  Can’t wait to see this year’s preseason game between the Ravens and the Redskins!

Rebecca and I grew up in Portland Oregon.  She also lived in Monterey CA (near a great aquarium) and in Uganda (near Lake Victoria that has our favorite fish: African Cichlids).  The Aquarium on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is already one of our kid’s favorite places.  Charlotte age 6 and Gideon age 3 love the city!

More than anything, Rebecca and I love to serve people.  We love to see people find a real life change in Jesus Christ!  We’ve worked in schools, tutored, done school assemblies, coached sports, served churches, and been involved in community efforts to bring real healing.  Any effort we have put into teaching, preaching, and writing in the past has been focused on bringing real help to people.

We have always been called to serve people for Christ.  We have served the church in different roles.  We have been mentors to people who now serve as leaders in youth, worship, eldership, and senior pastor roles.  We have ministered by “sharing life together” and being a family example of “life that works”.  For more than 10 years we have heard the call to pastor and now the time is right.


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2 05 2010
michael shockley

i am glad to read about you ,your family,and what you have been about these years,ben. i also would like to know if you had your T.O.W.G. today. i still remember your first sermon at youth group many years ago. how glad i am that you have answered Gods call to be a pastor. Be a wise steward of those placed in your care,my friend. walk close to Jesus, step carefully in His steps and the steps that have gone before you . step clearly so that others that come after can follow without losing there way. i pray that your eyes not fail you. your eyes of faith.

2 05 2010
Bobby Metcalf

Ben,

I’m so excited for you and for all for all the people I know God will touch through your wonderful family. Thank you for having the courage to heed God’s calling on your life where others have not dared. You’ve always been an example of integrity for me to follow, old friend. I will always appreciate you for mentoring me in a critical time in my life. Blessing on you and your family.

Bobby

3 05 2010
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