In keeping with our Core Value of Purposeful Multiplication, we are thrilled to launch a Pastoral Internship ministry. Starting this January, Lebanon Baptist Church will have the privilege of partnering with Ben Roland to equip, test, affirm, and send him out from our church. He is currently serving in Singapore and praying about long-term future ministry in one of our church’s target areas – Southeast Asia.
Ben will be moving to the area at the beginning of next year to begin his 2-3 year internship. This is an exciting opportunity, not just for the staff, but for the whole church family to invest in and partner with Ben to see the ministry of the Gospel expanded and multiplied! Begin praying how you as a member of this church can be a part of Ben’s life over the next few years.
Some of you may remember Ben from a couple of years ago when he did a brief internship with us. But we took some time to interview Ben so our church family can begin to get a little more acquainted with him.
Hometown: Denver, CO
College Degree(s): BA ministry, MA cross-cultural studies
Previous Jobs: Landscaping, BJU Information Desk/Student Ambassador, Youth Worker in Singapore, random volunteer frisbee coach
One word to describe yourself: Ben 😉
What are you known for? I seem to be mostly known for something one of my older 8 siblings have done at one point or another.
Name a special and/or surprising skill or talent: I have a pilot’s license
Favorite free time activity: learning a new handy skill; exploring nature; discovering something new or how something works; fishing, snorkeling, horse-back riding, birdwatching. (I have found that all of the above are more favorite when with other people.)
My favorite authors are: CS Lewis, Tolkien, Dickens, Hesslegrave, Lingenfelter
My favorite food is: Mom’s; Indian Bryani; Japanese curry or sushi/sashimi; Indonesian “Nasi Lamak”
My favorite ice cream is: Salted Carmel!! (The Ben and Jerry’s one with the molten core!!)
My favorite [fill in the blank] is: My favorite [comic] is Calvin and Hobbes.
What do you do hope to gain from this experience?
(1 I would like to grow in my faith and character in my inner man
(2 I would like to gain more knowledge and experience of how the Lord has equipped me for His use in His global Body
(3 I would like to gain life-long, and eternally valuable friendships!
What about this opportunity excites you the most?
I’m excited grow and gleen much from the time with Lebanon. I’m also excited give and pour out of myself and experiences as much as God gives opportunity!
How can we begin to pray for you?
Please pray …
(1 For the Lord’s help and working in my heart as I seek to grow in faith, and strengthen the character of my inner man and personal walk with the Lord;
(2 that the Lord would help me understand the various ways He wants to use me for His Kingdom purposes, and that I would obey whole-heartedly;
(3 For the Lord’s help in developing strong, healthy, and eternally valuable relationships with the people of Lebanon, and that He would use those for His glory!
If you would like to contribute towards the needs of the pastoral internship, please contact Pastor Scott.