Do you believe in love at first sight? Rebecca and I didn’t fall in love at first sight (that came later and wow), but we fell in love with Baltimore at first sight. Don’t you want to live in a city with friendly people and a culture worth talking about? If you don’t already know what Hon Fest and Pit Beef are…you need to!
Over the years we have often traveled through the Mid-Atlantic region of the US and found it a great cultural fit for us. During our years as youth pastors in Virginia we spent our anniversary weekends in Baltimore. We enjoyed the culture, food, history, and the aquarium!
When I was a kid my dad was an Oriole’s fan. Later we enjoyed one of Ripken’s last games. There’s nothing quite like Camden Yard! Not many know that prior to the glory years of ’66-’83 the O’s won it all in 1894, 1895, and 1896. Despite the recent threat to set the opposite records my kids now sport the O’s gear and so do I. Truth is that anyone who knows me knows that I am a rabid NFL fan. Can’t wait to see this year’s preseason game between the Ravens and the Redskins!
Rebecca and I grew up in Portland Oregon. She also lived in Monterey CA (near a great aquarium) and in Uganda (near Lake Victoria that has our favorite fish: African Cichlids). The Aquarium on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is already one of our kid’s favorite places.
More than anything, Rebecca and I love to serve people. We love to see people find a real life change in Jesus Christ! We’ve worked in schools, tutored, done school assemblies, coached sports, served churches, and been involved in community efforts to bring real healing. Any effort we have put into teaching, preaching, and writing in the past has been focused on bringing real help to people.
We have always been called to serve people for Christ. We have served the church in different roles. We have been mentors to people who now serve as leaders in youth, worship, eldership, and senior pastor roles. We have ministered by “sharing life together” and being a family example of “life that works”. For more than 10 years we have heard the call to pastor and now the time is right.
City Bible Church (Portland, OR) is our home church. It is our great honor to have been sent out from this great church. City Bible Church in Portland is now 6,000 members strong, and growing as more people commit to follow Jesus every week in its multiple sites.
Pastor Frank Damazio serves as the Senior Pastor of City Bible Church (Portland, OR) and President of Minister’s Fellowship International. This is our family!
In August 2010, the CBC members gathered as City Bible Church prayerfully sent Ben, Rebecca and team to Baltimore. We are thrilled to have the leadership, support, and vote of confidence of our home church!