Pastor Benjamin & Dana Hall
At the core of Pastor Benjamin’s leadership philosophy is the belief that genuine spiritual leadership is about serving, not being served. The foundation of Benjamin’s ministry is passionate service rooted in the prophet Micah’s mandate to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Benjamin was born in Columbus, Ohio to Nancy Thompson and the late Gilbert L. Hall. He is named after his grandfather, the late Rev. Benjamin J. Hall who served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Nelsonville, OH for nearly forty years. Benjamin currently resides in Canal Winchester with his beautiful wife of 20 years, the former Dana Harris, and their three children, Jeremiah, Hannah, and Isaiah.
Benjamin was ordained as a Deacon in 1997 and served for twelve years in that office at Christ Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. In 2009, he was licensed into the Gospel Ministry by the Rev. Dr. Shedrick L. Fowler, and ordained by Dr. Fowler in 2013. He served as an Associate Minister for 4 years at Christ Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member from 1997-2013. During his time at CMBC, he also served as General Superintendent of the Sunday School Ministry, President of Church Council and Assistant Director of the Board of Christian Education. In September 2013, Benjamin and his family joined Family Fellowship Church of Christ, and began serving as Family Life Pastor in January 2014.
Benjamin is a proud graduate of Walnut Ridge High School were he was a varsity letter winner in football and track, and was a standout performer in their award-winning vocal music department. He earned an Associate of Science in Business from Ohio Dominican University in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2010. In 2014, he earned a Master of Theological Studies from Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), located in Delaware. At MTSO, he was awarded the C. Everett and Mary Milburn Tilson Social Justice Grant. This award honors the Tilsons’ lifelong devotion to social justice, most notably in the civil rights movement. The grant is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated, both in practice and profession, a commitment to a prophetic vocation of compassionate justice.
Benjamin also serves as the Director of Admissions at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where he oversees a cohesive team of admissions professionals who are responsible for the successful execution of graduate recruitment for graduate-level degree and certificate programs. Benjamin is also a licensed Independent Insurance Agent and serves as Treasurer of the Columbus Chapter of the National African-American Insurance Association. He is active in the Family and Civic Engagement “Key Communicators” group in the Canal Winchester School District and the Gahanna Ministerial Alliance..