First Baptist Church, Brownsdale, Minnesota, ordained Ben Simons Oct. 16. He has been pastor of First Baptist since July 2018.
Ben is a 2011 Pastoral Studies graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College, where he met his wife, Mariah. Ben and Mariah lived in Ankeny, Iowa, until 2017, when they relocated to Mariah’s hometown of Brownsdale. They became members of First Baptist Church, and Ben served as a deacon. The Lord, Ben says, providentially led him to being called as pastor there.
In addition to his role as pastor, Ben is a board member of Rachel’s Hope, a local pro-life family center; a pastor-trustee for Bass Lake Camp; and a member of the Council of Seven for the Minnesota Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
Fifteen people representing 11 churches composed Ben’s ordination council. Brett Williams, executive vice president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, moderated the council, and Jim Goodew, pastor of Grace Baptist Fellowship, Sartell, Minnesota, served as secretary. Also participating in the service were Darrell Friar, state representative of the Minnesota Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and Ernie Schmidt, an adjunct professor at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary.
The council commended Ben for his ability to quickly apply doctrine to a church setting.