Meet the Team
Ben Cooper : Swanley
Ben is Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Centre, Swanley and has remained local to Swanley all of his life, he came to faith in Jesus as a young boy.
Ben left school one year early after becoming despondent, as his dyslexia was not recognized. He immediately started work as a hod carrier for a building company and completed a three year apprenticeship in bricklaying, gaining a City and Guilds qualification and has always remained in the building trade. He now owns a stove and fireplace company in Sevenoaks, employing eleven staff. The company sells and installs solid fuel stoves and gas and electric fireplaces, he is very hands-on within the company being constantly on the road overseeing current work, carrying out site surveys for potential new work and – after 28 years – still sweeping chimneys. He continues to build new extensions and houses etc alongside running his stove business.
Ben has a passion for the souls of others with the message of salvation in Christ, he is very passionate about reaching his peers in business and understands the pressures of the workplace and what those pressures can do to a man. He wants them to discover – as he has – the peace that Jesus promises, even in the midst of difficulties.
His passion for enriching the lives of others resulted in him heeding to the call of God in 1997 and started a journey which has not only transformed his own life but that of many others. He committed to completing the Church Training Program at Elim Bible College in Nantwich, Cheshire in 1997 and continued to conclusion when the College relocated to West Malvern.
Ben has enjoyed engaging in theological studies and debates and has never allowed his dyslexia to hold him back or detract him from achieving his goals.
Part of his service as Minister included a temporary move to Elim Church Northfleet, Kent, for three years where he implemented measures that resulted in spiritual growth and enrichment. During his time at Northfleet, Ben remained active in Swanley Churches Together and still is. He was also very active in Prison Fellowship at this time, working many hours mentoring and teaching inmates at Belmarsh Prison.
He returned to Elim Swanley in 2007 where he has remained to the present day. On his return to Swanley, Ben was appointed to serve as Chaplain to the Mayor for three consecutive years.
Ben has many interests including cycling, skiing, studying and spending time with his family; his wife Kris, who shares the same beliefs and is very active in the Church and their 17½ year old daughter Molly, who they love dearly.