Rev. Lightner has been preaching since his early 20's and has been in pastoral ministry since 1997. He served as associate pastor at New Pilgrim Baptist Church and Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah for seven years. Since 2014, he has served as pastor of various African Methodist Episcopal Churches in Alabama. Rev. Lightner was assigned as the pastor of St. John by Bishop Harry L. Seawright during the 2018 Southwest Alabama Annual Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District.
Pastor Ben is a native of Eufaula, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, with a degree in Finance. He is also a graduate of the historical Payne Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree.
An effective communicator of God's Word, Pastor Ben is widely known for his practical and dynamic preaching and teaching style which helps people apply the Scripture to their everyday lives. He has served as speaker for the radio and online broadcast.
He and his wife, Rev. Samantha, have been married since 2015. They are parents of three adult children: Kevynne Walker, Kendra Lightner and Benjamin D.L. Lightner.
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