Our Staff Team
Ben and his wife Brooke are passionate about being and building authentic Christians. Ben challenges people to be faithful in their own family roles and to be a family to those who do not have a family.
Ben graduated with a masters degree in ministry from Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN. He worked for several years as a Youth Pastor and ConneXions Director at Living Faith Fellowship before being asked to serve as our Lead Pastor in 2010.
Brooke graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Elementary Education and has completed the first half of her Master’s. Brooke taught for 8 years before transitioning out of teaching as they were having kids. Now she enjoys creating community with mothers and raising their four children: Lucas, Sophia, Brie and Kayla.
Family Life Pastor
After two decades in the corporate business arena in the areas of accounting, finance, and marketing, Gary has redirected his skills and energies toward strengthening the members of his local church in Elkhart, Indiana. Currently, Gary serves as a member of the pastoral team with an emphasis on family life. He has also dedicated his life to challenging the church family members to a higher level of sound biblical stewardship. For Gary, helping others serve the church family is a divinely crafted aspect of fulfilling his life purpose.
Mercy is passionate about serving families and children here at Living Faith and around the world! Having received Jesus at a young age, she has set her life to love and serve Him. Mercy has been through LFF’S leadership program ConneXions and has taken multiple trips to Guatemala where she served missionary families and preached the Gospel to the unreached villages. She attends Indiana University South Bend, where she is working on her undergrad in Spanish. Her passion is to reach all types of people and specifically kids with the love of Jesus!
Pastor Craig has been in youth ministry for over 7 years. After serving for 5 years in the youth ministry, he felt the call to go to school. He graduated from Bethel College in 2013 with a degree in Bible and Ministry. His heart is to see students reach their God-given potential and live it out in their everyday life. He is dedicated to seeing students grow to be spiritual champions! Craig and his wife Cacia have been blessed with 4 kids who love the Lord.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Connie has served in the church many years in prayer, teaching, mission trips, mentoring and leading Life Groups. Her passion is to serve and pray for the church family. She has been married to her husband Jon nearly 40 years and together they have 11 children and 12 grandchildren. The church has been instrumental in strengthening them as a family and directing them towards healthy relationship in Christ. Helping to coordinate care for the church family members is her privilege.
Hispanic Pastor – Vida Nueva
Mario is from Guatemalan nationality and has over 15 years experience in the pastorate, serving God and our Hispanic community in the city of Elkhart, IN. Mario is a graduate of Latin American Theological Seminary with a Bachelor in Theology. New Life was born in God’s heart, it was established in Living Faith Fellowship and He called us to minister. This is a privilege which we have gladly accepted and we do it for His glory.
Mario Pérez: son de nacionalidad Guatemalteca con mas de 15 años de experiencia en el pastorado y sirviendo a Dios y a nuestra comunidad hispana en la ciudad de Elkhart, IN. Mario es graduado de Latin American Theological Seminary con un Bachelor en Teología.
Vida Nueva nació en el corazón de Dios, se estableció en Living Faith Fellowship y nos llamó a nosotros a ministrar. Este es un privilegio que gustosamente hemos aceptado y lo hacemos para Su gloria.
El propósito de Vida Nueva es: animar, adorar, edificar, equipar y evangelizar de acuerdo a Hechos 2: 1-47. Si usted no tiene o busca un lugar donde congregarse, lo invitamos a que nos visite. Nuestros horarios de reunión son: Viernes 6: 30 p.m. y Domingos 2: 30 p.m.
Director of Urban Outreach
Michelle has been an office assistant at Living Faith since 2014. She enjoys being part of a team who commit their lives to building life and strength in a church and outreaching to those around them by showing the love of Christ. She is a dedicated mother of 2 young girls and she strives to show grace and compassion to those around her and be a helping hand when needed.
Lily joined our staff in 1999. She is responsible for accounting, answering phones and greeting visitors during the week. She also has a number of other administrative tasks including the upkeep of the Journeying Through Grief database.