People

Ben

Ben is our Pastor.

I grew up in the church, was baptized as a baby and have been learning to live with the Lord ever since. I met and married Megan while attending University of Florida. Together we moved to St. Louis while I attended Concorida seminary. We now have three beautiful kids and live in the SoDo area. We founded The Cross Orlando with a few friends in the fall of 2010. For us it's been a lesson in the generosity of God, the fact that he's drawn such a unique group of people together into a congregation that fits us so well feels like an extreme demonstration of his kindness. I'm proud to pastor such a great family and always hope to be able to authentically say, with St.Paul, follow me as I follow Christ.

Carole

Carole cares for our kids and some of our operational details.

Growing up with a sweet relationship with the Lord, I don't remember a time without Him. My family is full of generations of faithfulness and I'm proud to carry that legacy into my own family. In 2004 I graduated from Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis to pursue a career in ministry. Since then, the Lord brought me a North Carolina native husband Mike and two kids, Moses and Elie. Our family has taken a fabulous journey from a home in Raleigh, North Carolina to three years in Minnesota for Mike to finish his degree in Graphic Design and then finally to a wonderful home here in Orlando. We love our community at The Cross and enjoy watching our kids participate in a place that loves and cares for them. I find joy in teaching the children what it looks like to have faith in a God that we cannot see and to pass the stories of our people from Scripture on to them is something that can never be replaced. I am excited to see how their lives unfold with this sweet relationship that I see growing inside each of them.

Phil

Phil is one of our trustees. Guardians of the church's trust, they provide support and accountability to Ben; pray for the church family; and help in discerning the direction of the congregation.

I believe that Christ Jesus is the hope of the world. I love seeing him bring hope and harmony to discordant lives and communities and am so very grateful that he has done so time and again in my own life. I also believe that his Church is the primary steward of his story and that The Cross plays an important role in the story of Orlando. Jennie and I moved here in 2005 after our first three years of marriage to attend seminary and decided to stay when we graduated. We have been involved with The Cross in some capacity since the beginning and are now blessed to attend regularly with our foster children whom we love dearly.

Sarah

Sarah is one of our trustees. Guardians of the church's trust, they provide support and accountability to the Pastor; pray for the church family; and help in discerning the direction of the congregation.

I spent most of my growing up years in Orlando, never imagining a life here as an adult. My parents brought me up in the faith and I feel thankful to see Christ as a constant in my life's story. I started coming to The Cross in 2012. I had moved back home to go to grad school for speech-language pathology and was reluctantly getting used to the idea of being in Orlando again. I first decided to attend because it seemed like a peaceful place to be reminded of the gospel every week. Friendships developed, I met my husband Eliel, and we found ourselves with a growing commitment to The Cross community and its place in our city. I'm so grateful that, despite myself, God would direct my path back to Orlando and allow us to build a life here alongside such a great church family.

Aaron

Aaron is one of our trustees. Guardians of the church's trust, they provide support and accountability to Ben; pray for the church family; and help in discerning the direction of the congregation.

I grew up on the gulf coast of Florida and went to University of Florida where I met my wife Michelle. We were married in 2002 and have been in Orlando ever since. Together we have a small counseling practice in downtown. Having grown up in the church, Jesus has been a central piece of my life for almost all I can remember. Faith and life have not always been easy roads in many ways, but I believe Jesus is the source of hope and life we were made for. We came to The Cross in 2013, and have found ourselves in deep friendships here, hoping to keep finding Jesus alongside folks who are doing the same.