After a two year search, St. Luke has hired Benjamin Hardee to work with our youth, reach out to youth in the community and to lead our 8 AM Contemporary Worship Service. “We are excited to have Benjamin join our leadership team! He knows and loves small town communities, loves youth and loves to share God’s Word. I am convinced that he is a good fit for our church,” Pastor Christopher said.
Pastor Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Exposition from Moody Bible Institute (MBI) in Chicago, IL. Moody is a world-renowned school for training pastors and missionaries. He completed all the pastoral training classes, including preaching and Bible interpretation. He was also a four-year member of the Moody Men’s Choir. They sang sacred music from different church traditions in several American cities as well as cities in Canada, the UK, and China. They sang in different churches including Three Self Churches of China.
During his time at MBI, he worked with inner city junior and senior high school and college students at First Evangelical Free Church in Chicago. He was the Youth director there during the summer of 2009. Additional youth experience includes a ministry apprenticeship at Christ Church in Stone, England, four summers as a camp counselor At Freedom Bible Camp in Chariton, IA, and leading a Sunday morning class for college students while serving as Associate Pastor at the Morning Star Bible Church in Topeka, KS. He has also been a para-educator for the McClouth Public Schools and substitute teacher for the Oskaloosa Public Schools in Kansas.
One of the highlights of his life this past year was his wedding to Sarah was on July 29 at the Rock Creek Bible Church in Meriden, KS. His bride grew up in McClouth, KS, and graduated from Calvary Bible College in KC this past May. The newly weds are excited to be a part of our community and have already started working with our youth. Sarah is also a musician, loves to sing in choirs and plays the piano.
Benjamin also studied at the University of Bonn this past year, completing his work on a Master of Arts in Ecumenical Theology in September of 2011.
A good summary of Pastor Benjamin’s call to ministry was in his personal statement in his résumé, “I love God’s church. I am a pastor’s kid seeking to follow in my father footsteps as we both try to follow in the footsteps of our Lord. I am getting married this summer to beautiful Christian woman named Sarah-Liberty. We are both committed to serving Christ in the local church for the rest of our lives.”
Benjamin was born in Topeka, KS, and was raised in Leon, IA, and Ozawkie, KS. He was active in high school sports and drama, and enjoys hunting, collecting U.S. coins, and turkey hunting with his Dad.
To learn more about Benjamin and Sarah, join them at the All-Church Fellowship at 9:30 AM at St. Luke EFC inWellington on Sunday, October 30.
All Invited to Benjamin’s Installation Service
Sunday, November 13, 3:30 PM
We will have a pastoral installation service for our new youth pastor/contemporary worship leader on Sunday afternoon, November 13. Brian Hardee, Benjamin’s dad and pastor for over 25 years, will be the keynote speaker. Following his message, there will be the traditional “laying on of hands” to affirm his call to minister here at St. Luke EFC. Light refreshments will be served following the service.