The Thursday Spotlight – Ben Doster

Last Thursday we began a series that will feature various members of the Mercy Hill team.  We’ve asked them to share a little bit about themselves and to talk briefly about why they made the decision to move to Greensboro to be a part of planting a church.  We hope that through the testimonies of our team members you will be encouraged and possibly challenged to think of how your life might be spent for the gospel.

This week we’re hanging out with Ben Doster a 24 year old sports writer living in Greensboro, NC.

Ben what do we need to know about you?

“I moved around as a kid, but my family has been in the foothills of Western NC in the small town of Morganton since 2002.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill last May with a degree in Journalism-Electronic Communication.  I get paid to play as a writer for, covering Wake Forest football, basketball and recruiting.  I like to eat ice cream, and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.  I love the memories from UNC of dogwoods blooming, crisp October nights and of course those sweet Carolina Girls.”

Can you tell us briefly about how you came to be a follower of Jesus?

“I was raised in a Christ-centered home by loving parents, who faithfully lived out and presented the Gospel to my sister, brother and I.  As a child I often doubted my salvation, so I found myself asking Jesus to save me more than once.  At age 11, I attended a Christian summer camp in Annapolis, MD where my counselor shared what the Lord did for me and my need for him.  I accepted God’s indescribable gift of eternal life… again.”

“I went through the motions in high school, and strayed away from my walk in college.  After graduating from college I joined the Summit Church’s City Project.  Throughout those two months the Lord gave me friends, mentors and pastors who poured into my spiritual life.  I also had the joy of going on mission trips to New York and Kenya, and doing service work in Durham.  Christ used those blessings, challenges and experiences to draw me back to himself, reminding me of his life-saving and life-sustaining grace and truth found in the Gospel that I try to preach to myself on a daily basis.”

What led you to be part of the Mercy Hill team?

“In college I had a roommate, who often obnoxiously opined about how great ‘The 336’ was, making my ‘828’ sound like a deplorable place to grow up.  I thought I’d never live in Greensboro, but God has a sense of humor.”

“Last June I heard rumblings of a group of people leaving the Summit to plant a church in Greensboro.  The lead planters formally presented their plans to me and the rest of the City Project students later that month, challenging us to pray and think about joining them.  I was offered my job with, and the one request my boss made to me if I accepted it was for me to live in between Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill.  I saw that as the Lord saying to me, ‘How could you not join?’  So I committed to the Mercy Hill team Thursday, July 7, and moved to Greensboro the second week of August.  I’m actively involved in Westover Church’s middle school ministry, leading a small group for sixth grade boys as I wait for the rest of the Mercy Hill team to arrive.”

Tell us what you’re looking forward to most about planting a church in Gboro?

“I’m most excited about being a part of a young team of believers in Christ, who are picking up their lives and moving them to a city in need of the Gospel.  This is the great adventure, and we’re answering the call to carry the great name of Jesus.  There is no greater honor.”

“I know challenges are ahead, because I have already encountered many, but I know the Lord is faithful to provide.  He never ceases to meet my needs.  My cup overflows, so surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of the days of my life, and I look forward to one day dwelling in His house forever.  In the meantime I’m going to be kicking it in the Boro.”


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