About Ben

Welcome! It's a privilege for me to travel alongside others, listen to their stories and help them discover the creative goodness they were made to offer the world. That's my passion, and that's what I think is at the heart of salvation. God's good intent for all of us is that we join him as partners in his own life, which is an overflowing fountain of goodness pouring out in creative love.

I founded Poiema Soul Care as a platform for encouraging the spiritual formation and growth of individuals seeking a deeper life, and I look forward to journeying together and hearing your story.

In 2015, I moved to Portland, Oregon. Before that I lived in California my whole life, first in Cupertino and then in San Luis Obispo. I'm a voracious reader, a minor coffee snob, and a middling guitar player.

I have the greatest dog in the world, Arete (her name means Virtue, and she is the best of her kind).

I am now going to subject you to pictures of my dog, because she's really the best. See?

training and experience

I attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obsipo, CA, where I earned a BA in Philosophy. There I was extremely fortunate to study under a professor who had been a student of Dallas Willard at USC, and was introduced to spiritual formation and the disciplines. This professor led a weekly reading group where I read spiritual classics with Protestants and Catholics and was exposed to monastic literature (and our beautiful local monastery in Big Sur, New Camaldoli Hermitage where I went on retreat regularly).

I served in college ministry at First Baptist Church, SLO from 2003–2008, and then was ordained as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For over a decade I've worked alongside individuals seeking a deeper walk with God, teaching classes, leading retreats, and facilitating groups.

During 2010-2012 I earned a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from the Renovaré Institute of Spiritual Formation, working with outstanding teachers like Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, John Ortberg, Jan Johnson, James Bryan Smith, and Chris Webb.

At the Institute I became friends with many people, including Lacy Finn Borgo, with whom I co-authored a series of devotionals for families based on the church calendar, called Good Dirt.

I completed a Masters of Divinity at Portland Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where I trained in spiritual direction.

 Recently I have partnered with Evangelicals for Social Action as a spiritual director for Oriented to Love, as well as contributing writing for the Gay Christian Network.