Rev. Ben McIntire
Pastor Ben is our interim Pastor for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. He holds a B.S. in marketing and human resource management from Iowa State University and he received his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2009. Pastor Ben has served as a solo pastor in two other congregations in the Western Iowa Synod: Salem Lutheran in Creston, and St. Mark Lutheran in Storm Lake.
Pastor Ben grew up in Harlan, Iowa where he attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and learned a lot about the Christian faith from his confirmation pastor, E. Jon Benson! He is thrilled to be serving alongside his childhood pastor and mentor in this interim time at Saint John Lutheran Church.
The McIntire family includes Monica, who works in registration at Children’s Hospital in Omaha; Phoebe, who is a first-grader at Harvey Oaks Elementary in Omaha; and Micaela, who is an adorable three-year-old. They moved to Omaha in May of 2016 as Pastor Ben begins a wild new chapter in ministry.
After seven years of ordained ministry, Pastor Ben is returning to college part-time in pursuit of new ministry goals. Upon reading a biography about Dr. Paul Farmer, he felt the rekindling of an old dream of practicing medicine. Combined with a perspective-broadening trip to visit a sister congregation, Lupembe Lutheran Church in Tanzania, in 2015, Pastor Ben decided to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha to finish taking the prerequisite science courses needed for application to medical school. All this is in preparation for a career where he hopes to combine the healing arts of medicine and the hope of the Christian faith to enrich and improve the lives of people in need. In addition, he hopes that a practice here in the United States will help fund medical mission work in other parts of the world that lack basic medical resources.
In the interim, as a part-time pastor and part-time student, Pastor Ben is extremely excited to team with the members and staff of Saint John Lutheran to continue the vibrant ministries for children, youth and families that have grown so well in this place and to help the congregation prepare to welcome a new full-time pastor that will meet the needs of this faith community.
To read more, visit the blog PB&J: Pastor Ben & Jesus