Ben and Karmen got married in February 2015. They had their first child, Owen, in March 2017. Ben was born and raised in Ozark, Missouri, and graduated from Ozark in 2009. He later graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor's of Science in History, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies, and is currently finishing his Master of Divinity. Ben has been involved in business, education, and served on staff at a church as a Community Group Intern and Pastoral Assistant. Ben and Karmen have served together as Small Group and children's ministry leaders. Karmen was born and raised in Liberal, Missouri, and graduated from Liberal in 2010. She later graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Science Disorders. Karmen has worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant at multiple school districts in Missouri. Ben and Karmen enjoy spending time with family, traveling, hiking, running, reading, and hanging with friends. Ben and Karmen are excited to be a part of Freshwater and are blessed to be able to partake in the work that God has already been doing through Freshwater in Jefferson City. They both have a desire to see people know and love Jesus and tell others about Him.