ABOUT PASTOR BEN Pastor Ben Stephens is a lover of God and people. Called at the tender age of 14 to preach the gospel. He grew up in Inglewood, California and began ministry at his home church, the West Angeles COGIC, under the guidance of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. He served on staff there as Youth and Young Adult Pastor there for over 11 years. Pastor Stephens has an extensive educational background, culminating with a Masters in Divinity from C. H. Mason Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, and a Doctorate degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married to the love of his life, Latonya Stephens and they share a handsome and witty son, Ben IV. By the leading of the Holy Spirit in 2011, he was called to Trinity Temple COGIC in Grandview, MO and has been serving this thriving community for over 9 years. Under his leadership, the church has grown exponentially. In addition to the pastoral call, he serves as the prelate for the British Columbia Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. Pastor Stephens commitment is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Love people to life in the process.