Ben Farrell, Pastor
Pastor Ben is privileged to have a Christian ministry heritage that finds its roots here in the Tar Heel State. His great-grandfather, Clay Farrell, was a circuit-riding preacher as well as a mail carrier in rural North Carolina. His grandfather, William (Bill) Farrell, pastored for over 25 years in Greensboro, NC while also working as an accountant. His father, Tom Farrell, has travelled in itinerate evangelism for over 40 years. Yet even with all the preachers in his family tree, Ben had to come to understand his personal need of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. He rejoices in God’s gracious work of saving him at an early age.
It was during his teen years that Ben began to sense God’s call on his life for Christian ministry. After surrendering to God’s call, Ben began his formal ministry training in preparation for service to the Lord at Bob Jones University. It was there that God brought Tara into Ben’s life. Tara also grew up in a Christian ministry home. Her parents, Ron and Shelly Hamilton, have had many wonderful years of Christian music ministry through both Majesty Music and the Adventures of Patch the Pirate. Tara was a music major while Ben pursued his studies in Bible (B.A.) and Pastoral Studies (M.A.).
After finishing their college education, Tara and Ben were married in 2002. From there they moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Ben completed a Master of Divinity from Heart of America Theological Seminary in 2004. It was then that the couple began traveling in full-time evangelism serving in local churches, Christian camps, and foreign mission fields. During this time God blessed the Farrells with two children, Clayton (2006) and Chloe (2011).