Curious Characters takes us from the advent of Jesus’ birth to Pentecost through the four Gospels. Encountering many curious characters, we meet the most curious one of all, Jesus Himself.
A Curious Crew (part 1)
Mark 3:13-19 [NIV]
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), and to have authority to drive out demons. James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges , which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Pastor Ben is a 2005 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2012, and has served as a delegate to Synod in 2016.
As Pastor, Ben has a passion for preaching and teaching and has been at Riverside since April of 2013. On the personal side, Ben is an avid outdoorsmen, a loyal Detroit sports fan, and is married to his wife Ellie.
Pastor Ben seeks to preach and teach in an educational and engaging way that brings the deep truth of the Bible into our lives today for every generation.