Father Ben was called to be the Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on September 28, 2014. He was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University in 2005 with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies and received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2010. Previously, he served as Associate Rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia from 2010-2014. Prior to being the Associate Rector at St. Francis, the Bishop of Southwestern Virginia made him Deacon in Charge at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Martinsville, Virginia.