Youth Pastor Benj Melton
Pastor Benj grew up for several years as a Missionary Kid in Japan, where his parents still reside today. He accepted Christ in Japan as a 5 or 6-year old following family devotions one night. Though He wrestled with His salvation during a rebellious time in his teens, He is 100% sure of His salvation and clings firmly to the promises of God in I John 5:13 and John 10:28 that says we can know we are saved and no one can pluck us out of God’s hand.
Pastor Benj has a passion to pour into today’s youth, and to allow God to use him to rescue teens from the snares of the world, the flesh, and the Devil - the same snares that He wrestled with as a teen. It is his prayer that teens will have a daily renewed passion to live for God, and that they will make wise decisions in adulthood. His driving passion is for Christ to be seen in His life and to see teens “[live] justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with [their] God” (Mic. 6:8).
Pastor Benj holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Service (2016) and an MA in Biblical Counseling (2019) from Bob Jones University. He and his lovely wife, Kate, have one daughter and they hope to some day serve the Lord as missionaries in France.