Ben Gillihan 

Elder  |  SECrETARY

Meet Ben:  

  • Birth: April 30, 1976
  • Family Information:  Married June 5, 2004 to wife, Elizabeth. Children (three) – Titus (9), Rachel (7), and Julia (5)
  • Education: BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University. And also am a Certified Public Accountant. 
  • Employment :  American Power Systems, LLC in Kent for 17 years.

Testimony and Church Life:  I was blessed to be born to parents who were Christians and grew up in a churchfamily that loved the Lord, the Bible, and one another. I was saved and baptized as a youth and grew in my faith while in school, but my spiritual growth accelerated in my early 20’s when I had the opportunity to meet weekly with men who discipled me, challenged me, and taught me more about how to be a follower of Jesus. Elizabeth and I have attended Christ’s Church since 2004 and have been blessed as we have served and been served by the church body here.

Interests:  

  • I enjoy watching and coaching my kids play a variety of sports (primarily baseball, swimming, and soccer). We hit the slopes this winter as a family and I am enjoying learning how to snowboard. 
  • I like listening to podcasts and audiobooks while driving, working out, or walking our dog.

Ministry Passions: 

  • I serve on the board of Care Net of Puget Sound. Sanctity of Human Life is an area that Elizabeth and I both have a heart for (both Life Care and Care Net).
  • I have seen the positive impact that small group and one-on-one discipleship have had in my life and in others’ lives. I enjoy these opportunities as well as encouraging/enabling others to engage in these types of relationships.

Pet Peeve:  Traffic

Favorites:

  • Books: The Great Divorce. Money, Possessions, and Eternity. The Goal.
  • Foods:  Greek and Indian  
  • Sports Teams: Huskies, Seahawks, M’s
  • Northwest Get-away: Wenatchee or Lake Chelan
  • Local Restaurants: Taqueria El Rinconsito, Mika Japanese Buffet
  • Music: Young Oceans & Hymns (Christ Arose, And Can It Be and The Love of God)
  • Movies: Elf, Napoleon Dynamite, the Fast and Furious series
  • Apps:  Evernote and Scripture Typer