Pastor Ben grew up in Thornton and Arvada, Colorado and graduated from Arvada West High School. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado; a Master in Divinity from University of Dubuque Theological School; and Doctor in Ministry with an emphasis is Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. In addition to creativity and visionary leadership, he brings expertise in the area of pastoral care as a Board Certified Chaplain and Board Certified Thanatologist. He is happily married to his soulmate the Rev. Samantha Keller and they have an adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Monty. Pastor Ben loves to ski and is a gourmet cook often pairing new recipes with his own selection of home-brewed ales and wines. If he’s not at the church or in a kitchen, he’s likely riding his electric bike or strumming the guitar.
D.Min., BCC, CT – Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Samantha is originally form Kirksville, MO and graduated with a BA in Spanish from Mid America Nazarene College in Olathe, KS. She has a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. She brings many years of experience in ministry and in the field of Christian Education and pastoral leadership in churches of many sizes. She is also trained interim pastor and conflict mediator. She has a passion for God’s children of all ages.
Interim Director of Children’s Ministry
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Neal Figueroa has been working in churches for well over a decade. It is his passion to help others connect with God and each other through the language of music. In addition to his work in the church, Neal has served on the artistic staffs of nearly fifty musicals and operettas. Doing such, he has had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with many performers over the years, ranging from young beginners to Broadway professionals. During the summers, Neal serves as Music Director for elite summer programs for young theatrical artists, such as Stagedoor Manor and Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.
Director of Music Ministries
Karen helps keep us all in compliance, pays the bills, and helps to manage our creative and at times a bit unruly staff. She’s married to Scott, the mother of some great young men, and is a serious video gamer. She an alum of CU – Boulder (Go Buffs!).
Office Manager/ Finances
Cindy grew up in Colorado Springs and has an amazing passion for youth. She leads a gifted group of youth leaders and adult advisers and can be found with our youth at the local soup kitchen, riding bikes, going to the mountains, or providing a listening ear at a local coffee shop. Cindy is also a primary vocalist for our contemporary praise band.
Youth Programs Coordinator
Pastor Nancy is a Speech and Language Pathologist with years of providing compassionate caregiving as a Stephen Ministry leader. She is Commissioned Pastor (a Commissioned Ruling Elder) who provides her compassionate care to those who are hospitalized and those unable to get to worship. As a trained Stephen Ministry leader, Nancy also lends her expertise and coaching to this very valuable program here at First Presbyterian.