Since 1995, Ben has had a love for the university setting and campus ministry. As a student at Valdosta State University (VSU), his love and faith in Christ was deepened and his life calling was discovered. He enjoys seeing college students discover and follow Jesus Christ. He believes the university is a vital mission setting for influencing students to discover God and live for His glory.
Ben was a student leader at the VSU BCM while completing his BA in Economics. After graduation, he worked in the insurance industry while Karen completed her BS in Middle Grades Education. After her graduation, they packed up and moved to seminary so that Ben could complete his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Since graduation, he has been a campus minister in Arkansas, Mississippi, and now in Tennessee.
Ben grew up in Georgia. He and his wife, Karen, met at the BCM while they were students at Valdosta State University. They have been married since June 1998. Their son, Brock, was born in 2003 at the end of Ben’s seminary days. They enjoy running, playing golf, enjoying the outdoors and university life with students.
Assistant Campus Minister
Krissi is from Cookeville and graduated from Tech in May 2015. As a student, she was a part of the BCM for four years, including the last two as a campus missionary. After graduating, Krissi was called to come on staff full time as our Ministry Assistant. God used this role to grow Krissi’s heart for college ministry and led her to began seminary through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She now serves as our Assistant Campus Minister.
She loves to talk to students about following Jesus and seeing them change the world. She has served as a Centrifuge staffer for two summers at Union University in Jackson. She loves to play volleyball, go hiking, and travel to new places.
Catherine grew up in Arizona but she and her family moved to Cookeville in 2008 and fell in love with Tennessee. She graduated from Tennessee Tech in August of 2016 with her Bachelors degree in Sociology. Catherine and her husband John were married in May of 2015. They love to have game nights and love watching movies. John works in the Emergency Room at Cookeville Regional Medical Center as a Registered Nurse. They have been involved in the BCM for the past seven years! Catherine is excited to work alongside Ben and Krissi to reach Tech’s students for the Gospel!