For almost seven years, I’ve had the privilege of having Ben Ball serve as my pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, Illinois. Pastor Ball understands that the Church is made up of both pastors and laypeople, each playing a vital role in the life and mission of the congregation. He daily models the humble service of a true pastor and loves the people under his care.
Above all things, Pastor Ball is dedicated to teaching and practicing both Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. He does this with great patience and gentleness as God’s Word teaches. Pastor Ball knows that this kind of faithfulness best serves the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When there is conflict and disagreement, Pastor Ball doesn’t merely talk about Matthew 18, he personally practices it. I have seen this Biblical practice result in reconciliation and concord.
Pastor Ball has a deep commitment to Lutheran education. I have never seen a pastor more physically present in the daily life of a school. He leads chapel daily and teaches daily catechism/religion classes to grades PreK-8th. Pastor Ball also teaches the Lutheran Confessions weekly to the teachers.
As a joyful Lutheran, I highly recommend Pastor Ben Ball as Central Region Vice President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Jeff Schwarz, General Manager
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