Pastor Benjamin Shore's Testimony:
I was born into a Baptist Minister's family on July 2nd, 1976. When I was five years old, I heard my dad preach a message on hell . As a little boy sitting there, I knew I didn't want to go to hell when I died. So, I talked with my dad after the service. He showed me that I was a sinner (Romans 3:23). He showed me that my sins must be punished. He also showed me that hell was punishment for my sins (Romans 6:23). But then He showed me that Jesus paid the price for my sins when He died on the cross. I bowed my head and asked Jesus by faith in His death and resurrection to forgive me of my sin and to save me (Romans 10:9-10). I was baptized three years later.
As a teenager I attended Camp Chetek in Wisconsin and there I surrendered my life to do whatever the Lord wanted me to do (Romans 12:1-2). The Lord confirmed in my heart His call to preach when I was a counselor at the Wild's Christian Camp in North Carolina as Evangelist Tom Farrell preached on Ezekiel 22:30.
I attended Bob Jones University and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies. I did my internship in Tucson AZ in the Spring of 1999. After college I was accepted as a graduate assistant at Bob Jones University and returned to Bob Jones Seminary to begin work on my Master's degree in Pastoral Studies. While I was in grad school the Lord called me to church planting (Going into an area and starting a church by evangelism and discipleship).
Katie and I were married one year before finishing our education. After completing our education, we moved to NYC where I was a youth pastor for a year and a half. The last three and a half years of ministry before beginning deputation (raising support to move to Scotland), I was an assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Goodells, MI.
In the beginning of 2005, I began to pray specifically about God's call to church planting. I prayed about three cities of need; Tucson, NYC, and Edinburgh. It was during this time that I read a biography of James Stewart. Missionary Stewart, a Scottish evangelist, was used of the Lord for revival in Western Europe. This biography broke my heart and I soon surrendered to come as a minister to Scotland.
Our family traveled for 4 years and 3 months raising support from churches in the States so that we could move to Scotland to start a Baptist church. I preached in 280 churches. And, we drove over 160,000 miles going to those meetings.
We are excited to be in Scotland and love what God is doing at Free Baptist Church.