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Meet our Pastor

Ben was born and raised in Kirksville and has called GCBC home his entire life. When he was 3 years old, he remembers with a child-like faith receiving Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.

God laid ministry on his heart when Child Evangelism Fellowship partnered with GCBC when he was 9 years old to host a “wordless book” evangelism tent at the NEMO fair. He helped with, and eventually led, that fair ministry for 9 years. Through this faith ministry connection, he attended CEF’s two-week training program for teens where he met his wife, Karis.

Ben and Karis were married while attending Moody Bible Institute. While at Moody, God gave them both a love for, and call to, ministry in the city of Chicago, where they served as inner-city missionaries to children from 2006-19. GCBC was their sending church and partnered faithfully in ministry with Ben and Karis over the years. Ben and Karis married in 2006, and they have three sons: Elias, Hezekiah, and Malachi.

Ben holds a B.A. in Bible and Missions with an emphasis in Urban Ministry from Moody Bible Institute, and a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary.

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Meet our Associate Pastor

Jon Mark graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a degree in theology. There he felt a continued call to ministry. Through ministry opportunities with elementary, middle school, and senior high youth, the need for the Gospel was readily apparent at each life stage.

Anessa and Jon Mark met during their time at Moody and were married amid the pandemic. They love nature, traveling, coffee, Ultimate Frisbee, painting, building relationships, and strengthening the Body of Christ in their calling as a married couple and as individuals.