ben anderson, Lead pastor
Pastor Ben accepted the call to serve at New Life in May of 2016 and began his ministry here on July 1st of that year as our Connections Pastor. In September 2018, he took on the role of our current Lead Pastor following in the footsteps of Pastor Bill Sullivan, the first Lead Pastor of New Life and first Service Coordinator of the LCMC.
Previous to New Life, Ben has been in ministry for over ten years serving in three congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, and New Mexico, as well as speaking at conferences and camps around the nation.
Educationally, Ben is a lifelong learner. While at Crown College (MN), he earned two undergraduate degrees- a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry and a Bachelor of Science in Christian Studies. Following Crown, he earned his Master of Science in Family Life Ministry at Concordia University (NE) as well as attaining a variety of certifications- CFLE, C-Prep, and P/E. After Concordia, Ben's seminary work was done at Rockbridge Seminary (MO), where he continues to additionally work towards his doctorate.
Married to his beautiful wife Ashlea since 2012, they welcomed their first child (Kinslee) into the world in 2017, and are looking forward to adding a son (Kooper) to the mix this November. You can find them around town playing sports, watching movies, riding on Ben's motorcycle, cheering on the Minnesota professional sports teams at Buffalo Wild Wings, or walking their three puppies (Alexey, Ricky, and Andi- all named after Minnesota Timberwolves' players).