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Dr. Ben Martin is new pastor at Columbia United Methodist

By George Kolbenschlag

Most who attend Columbia United Methodist Church are very familiar with our newly assigned interim pastor, Dr. Ben Martin. Pastor Ben, along with his wife, Julie, have been blessing us with their exceptional musical talents for the past nine years. Ben has also preached on a number of occasions; he and Julie have led Bible studies, and Ben has served as "director" of our Sunday online services and in general stepped in and helped wherever needed. He also is Lindsey Wilson's campus chaplain, teaches classes and serves as the college's ADA coordinator*

Pastor Ben says, "Julie and I are so excited for the next chapter at Columbia UMC. We are so honored to be able to hold the position of interim pastor. Our prayer for this next year is that we, the church, will walk side by side as we pray, worship, study, fellowship, build community, love each other, love our community, and grow in the life and ministry of who God wants us to be. Please be in constant prayer for our church. God has great plans for our church and we want to make sure to align ourselves with those plans.

Prayer is the cornerstone of any and all ministries that take place. We will need your help as we seek God's face and God's will for our church. Get ready to volunteer, chip in, and be the hands and feet of the ministry God is calling us to. God is not done with us! We have much to do and it will take all of us, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to get it done! Let's be the church God created us to be!"

Our new pastor has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on church music from Campbellsville University; a Masters in education, human services and counseling from Lindsey Wilson, a Pre Doctoral Certificate from United Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

He ads, "Julie and I have been married 10 years, and in that time we have shared love for leading worship and have been doing so our entire marriage at Asbury UMC and Columbia UMC. As the campus chaplain at Lindsey Wilson College, I am responsible for leading and overseeing campus ministry events. I also teach in the Religion Department. My classes include Christian Beliefs, New Testament, Youth Ministry, all the practicum classes, and age level ministries. We love getting together with friends and family and enjoying good company and conversation.

We are a blended family with five kids, three boys and two girls. Jackson works full time at Amazon, Nicholas will start his second year at UofL, and Benjamin will be a junior at Taylor County High School. Kaleigh will be a senior and Ryley will be a freshman both at Taylor County. Our boys have always been involved in music and our girls are active in music/theater and volleyball.

Julie and I love to travel. I personally have a lot of hobbies. I like to hunt, fish, float the river, play music, and play golf. Julie and I have very similar interests and her golf game is getting better every day. You will see Julie at the LWC Health and Wellness Center as she is very interested in exercise. We also love to garden."

Dr. Martin can be reached at his campus office at 270-384-7479 or at the church at 270-384-2276.

*As ADA coordinator, Dr. Martin is charged with assuring persons who qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act are accommodated, and assuring the college is complying with Title II and investigating any Title II errors the college is perceived to have committed.

This story was posted on 2022-07-15 21:50:01
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Columbia United Methodist has new pastor

2022-07-15 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Newly assigned pastor, Dr. Ben Martin, at left, looks over Jamie Salyers during the children's services. Dr. Martin has been a part of the Columbia United Methodist Church leadership for the past nine years. He has preached on a number of occasions; he and his wife Julie have led Bible studies, he has served as director of the Sunday online services and in general stepped in and helped wherever needed. He also is the Lindsey Wilson College Campus Chaplain, teaches classes and serves as the college's ADA coordinator. Get to know Dr. Ben and his family in George Kolbenschlag's story linked to this picture. To see his first service visit the Columbia United Methodist Church facebook page.

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