The Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren

NBA Leadership Fund

Celebrating 50 Years in Ministry and Leadership

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50 Years in Ministry!

Consider, for a moment, the number 50. There is a heft and significance to the number. We can likely count on our hands, maybe even on one, how many friendships or relationships that we have had for 50 years. Some of our Disciples churches and outreach ministries have not yet turned 50. The provisional design to become a denomination was only voted on in 1968, only 48 years ago. All of this is to say, 50 years to be actively, meaningfully, compassionately connected to ministry is a distinguishable honor and something very special to celebrate. 


The Rev. Dr. H. Ben Bohren celebrates 50 years in ministry this September 2016!

The ministries Ben has led over these past 50 years include 20 years in local church pastoral ministry; campus ministry at Chapman University; general church ministry with NBA (remember Miracle Days!); regional ministry in Northern California-Nevada; plus numerous summer camps, workshops, church boards, and committees.

The National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joins many Disciples across the life of the church in commemorating the transformative impact that Ben has had through his years of ministry and leadership.

The Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund


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In partnership with the Christian Church Foundation, the NBA is creating the Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund. The earnings from this endowed fund will go to support the mission of the NBA with a priority for supporting leadership development programs, such as NBA XPLOR. In all of the ministries the NBA connects and supports, we understand the importance of enabling and encouraging strong, informed leaders in creating communities of compassion and care. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for this permanent endowed fund.

We invite our NBA friends and Disciples across the life of the Church to give to this Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund. You are welcome to make a pledge or one-time gift using the online form below or by mailing in this gift response card. Additionally, click on the video from Mark Anderson, NBA President, in the right-hand column of this page to learn more.

Let us honor and celebrate the ministerial leadership and contributions of our dear Ben Bohren! Thank you for your generosity and support!

Make your gift to the Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund!

Please note, 2.6% of your gift will go towards credit card processing fees. We encourage you to add 2.6% to your gift, which will enable more funds that can be applied directly to mission. Thank you!
VIDEO: Mark Anderson Introduces the Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund

Blessing for Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren

October 17, 2016

On September 23, 2016, we gathered at Union Avenue Christian Church in St. Louis to honor Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren and celebrate his 50 years of ministry with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)! Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong and Rev. Virzola Law, who work with Ben as the NBA XPLOR program team, shared this blessing as the evening's benediction.

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Mailing Address

National Benevolent Association

733 Union Boulevard, Suite 300,           St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes

Donor Spotlight: Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes

October 17, 2016

Rev. Deborah Morgan Stokes, senior minister at East Dallas Christian Church, is one of many donors to the Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren NBA Leadership Fund.

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VIDEO: NBA XPLOR 2016-17: Learning to Lead