Ben Rhodes is a native of Northwest Kansas, growing up on a farm near Dresden. As a new Christian attending Fort Hays State University in 2002-2003, Ben felt called to make a move towards ministry. He married his high school sweetheart, Kelsey Rhodes, in 2004 and they enrolled at Frontier School of the Bible in Lagrange, Wyoming together that fall. After graduation, Ben & Kelsey served briefly in youth ministry in Westcliffe, CO before returning ‘home’ to live and work in the Hoxie area.
Ben was one of the founding members of Christ Community Church and led the youth ministry as a volunteer before the need for a pastor arose in 2013. Ben has served as the pastor since then, while continuing to be involved in youth ministry.
Ben has always been very involved in agriculture, and continues to be to the present. He and his wife Kelsey live 12 miles north of Hoxie on their farm with their five children.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to play with my kids, which seems to take most (all!) of the free time I have! I have always enjoyed playing music, and I love to hunt/fish if I can find the time.
If you could go anywhere on a trip next week, where would you go?
I love history, so a trip across Europe and to Palestine would be very high on my list. German, Italy, Israel – those would be my must-see places.
What passage in the Bible drives you?
John 15:4-5 – Jesus says “…abide in me… for apart from me you can do nothing.”
At this season in my life I wear a lot of different hats – husband, provider, father, pastor – I need Christ each and every day so I can be my best for my wife, children, and church.