Meet Pastor Jerry Ben
Pastor Jerry Ben has been in ministry since 1978. He began working with the students at Sagemont Church under the direction and leadership of Student Pastor Emory Gadd and Sr. Pastor John Morgan. He began serving in the Texas Baptist Men’s ministry of Lay Renewals spanning over 15 years, coordinating students and singles in weekend revivals within several churches in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama and Arkansas. He also served as counselor for many years with the Houston Youth Evangelism Conference, Super Summer, SOAR, Conclave and True Love Waits. Jerry has spoken at several high schools, student events and conferences. He volunteered for KGOL and KSBJ Christian radio for 4 years beginning in 1982. Then beginning in 1987, he was a prayer advocate for Broken Heart Ministries out of Atlanta, Georgia for two years, answering live prayer requests from all over the country every Thursday night.
He soon became the Student and Singles Pastor at Boulevard Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas where he was there for 4 years.
While there, he married his best friend, Casey, in January of 1994. They then were called to Bethel Baptist Church in Deer Park where he and Casey served for 4 years with students and children. God then called them to the First Baptist Church of LaPorte where he and his wife ministered for 9 years working with students and children. It was at First Baptist LaPorte where Jerry was ordained as a deacon and minister.
Following the next several years, Jerry served as Student and Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu, Baptist Temple in Baytown and then in 2018, God called him and his family to serve as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Devers.
In January of 2021, God welcomed his beautiful wife of 27 years to her eternal home. Jerry sought Isaiah 57:1 for comfort and acceptance during this time and even to this day. “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.” Casey was an amazing wife, mother and friend, always putting God and others before herself. All who knew her, misses her but looks forward to day when we all see her again. Jerry lives in Devers near his son Brady and wife Ashley, and also near his daughter Kensey. His mission continues to serve and equip the local church and to evangelize the community to the saving power and knowledge in Jesus Christ.