Meet the Team

Ben DiStefano
Lead/Founding Pastor

A native of the West County, Ben and his wife Amy moved back to the Erie area five years ago and just last year they moved back to the West County. 

Ben has 19 years of experience in pastoral ministry in churches of all sizes (from 75 people to 1,200 people).  He has worked at both the regional and national level as a project manager, administrator, and large group event planner.  He has even worked in both suburban and rural settings - ask him about taking the hunter's safety course.

Recently, Ben served as the chaplain for the Erie BayHawks, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the New York Knicks.  He is active in the West County as a coach with the F.L.A.G. little league baseball program, an assistant coach with the Fairview Middle School football team, and serving on various committees with the Fairview schools. 

As a gifted communicator, time and again people appreciate how he takes Biblical truth and makes it easy to understand and applicable to everyday living. 

General Diploma -  Fairview High School, class of 1989
B.A. in Pastoral Ministries - Toccoa Falls College
M.A. in Theological Studies - Liberty University

Hobbies:     Ben is an avid sports fan, bleeds "black 'n gold", and loves to coach football and baseball.  When the winds are right, he loves spending an afternoon on his friend's jet ski on Lake Erie.  He enjoys a good round of golf, which often sees him playing the same fairways more than once and hiking through the woods looking for his ball.

Favorite Food:  Lasagna

Favorite Dessert:  Tiramisu

Family:  Ben and his wife Amy have been married for 16 years and reside in Fairview with their four children.

Connect with Ben:
Twitter:  @bendistefano

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