Ben and his wife Marlene have been in missionary life for 24 years, having served in the Muslim world for 10 years involved in E.S.L teaching and training, leadership development, sharing Christ’s love in the community and leading a church planting team. He moved his family back to Canada just before 9-11-2001 and joined their mission’s home office in Canada. He served as Placement manager and Member Care manager and did spiritual direction, prayer ministry, and debriefing ministry with field workers.
He did his undergraduate at Briercrest Bible College majoring in cross cultural ministry. He studied leadership at Acts Seminary. He did his spiritual direction training at Urban Sanctuary.
Ben officially joined Urban Sanctuary full time on December 1, 2012. Ben does spiritual direction with MDiv students, as well as within the missionary community, loves prayer ministry, and offers re-entry debriefing for overseas workers coming back to Canada. He is trained as a peer responder to “critical incidents” involving trauma. He has taught at field conferences on “personal resilience” as well as “team resilience”.
Ben speaks two languages of “Central Asia”, and loves hiking in the great outdoors, loves running, and swimming and biking and desires to do a beginner triathlon at some point.
He loves the adventure of travel and learning about foreign cultures. Ben and Marlene are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 2014 and they have three children, one adult son and two girls in High School.