Ben grew up in Shelby and is passionate about his hometown. He believes that the local church is the hope of the world & the local church was meant to be for its city & its world.
Ben earned a BA from the Bible & Theology Department at Malone University. He has worked in full-time ministry for the past 13 years and started as Lead Pastor at Core in 2015. He is blown away every day that he has the opportunity to be a part of the only-God story that is being written at this place. He believes with all his heart that the best is yet to come!
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Krista, his two sons, Beckham & Brantley, and their Chocolate Lab, Sulli. In his spare time, he enjoys playing, or watching any sport and is a loyalist to all the hometown sports teams (even the Browns).
He strongly believes there is nothing better than a Shelby High School basketball game on a Friday night in the winter or a cup of Paul’s homemade vanilla in the summer!
Kids Ministries Director
Annette has resided in or around Richland County almost her entire life. She strongly believes that you don’t have to travel far to serve those in need, that there is plenty to do right where you are.
She has been involved in Kids and Student Ministry for almost 30 years. Annette believes in the adage that it takes a village to raise a child and desires to equip and support parents to become the spiritual leaders that they are called to be.
Spending time with her family & friends is the thing that fills her up the most and between her husband Rob, four daughters, son-in-laws, and four grandchildren there is never a shortage.
For Annette, sitting on the beach with a cup of coffee and watching the sunrise would be the perfect way to start the day.