Ben to celebrate 27 years as pastor
Pictured above is Rev. Allen Ben who is the pastor of the two churches, Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Mamou and New Zion Baptist Church in Eunice. He explained his satisfaction of spreading the word of God to his congregations. (Photo Courtesy of Allen Ben)
By: ALI MORAS
Allen Ben is the pastor of Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Mamou and New Zion Baptist Church in Eunice. Ben recently shared about how he continues to be a religious leader and what he does to help out the churches.
Question: When did you become a pastor?
Answer: My first pastorate came in February 1990 at the Mohorn Baptist Church in the Plaisance Community.
Question: What made you decide to become a pastor?
Answer: What made me decide to become a pastor is –I felt the call of God to pastor because I had been assisting the late Pastor Atkins Leday, Jr. in his Plaisance and Opelousas churches during his illness. As I had been trained under my pastor, Dr. Eradley Ben, Sr., along with schooling I felt led to accept this appointment. A year later I accepted the call to pastor the Zion Travelers Baptist Church of Mamou. In 1995 I was called to pastor the New Zion Baptist Church of Eunice. Because I was brought up to love and respect people, to always see them at their best in all phases of life, and most of all having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Question: What do you get, spiritually, from being a leader at Zion Travelers and New Zion? What do you enjoy about leading the congregations there?
Answer: I get the spiritual satisfaction that God’s word will accomplish what He designed it to; that is to change the hearts of people. The joy of preaching the Word and practicing true spiritual love has allowed me to see the growth in many people.
Question: What kind of impact do you try to impart on your congregations as their leader?
Answer: Two things as Jesus mentioned, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind...and you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39 paraphrase). There must always be a constant yearning, respect and demonstration to love and live for the Lord.
Question: What are some of the issues you see today among your congregations — what are people’s worries and concerns?
Answer: There are many issues such as sickness/dreadful disease, family/children/relationship problems, economy/finances/lack of work and spiritual/political leadership. Disasters, like the recent flooding in the southeast Texas/Louisiana area and our region’s recent flooding have pushed people back and left many with fears and questions.
Question: What are some of the ways you are addressing world issues with your congregation?
Answer: We address world issues by reviewing the Word of God and realizing there’s nothing new under the sun and that God is never taken by surprise. Our ultimate purpose is to please God and live peaceably among all men and make our surroundings better. Simply, if we take care of our human responsibility God will demonstrate His divine ability to see us through anything.