Ben and Diane have been pioneer pastors for 18 years in Italy. The first church they planted was in the city of Milan, and one year later they planted another church in Brescia. The churches in Mantova, Florence, Pisa and Biella have been added as well over the years. Their congregations are mostly made up of Filipinos and other English-speaking nationalities, but God is using these members to reach Italian nationals through the work environment. Ben is a member of the leadership council for the Church of God in Italy, and Diane serves on the Italian Ladies Leadership committee. They share a vision for raising up other Filipino churches and are currently training leaders to care for these works.
Ben graduated from a Church of God Bible College on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and went on to study at Christ for the Nations in Dallas. Ben’s parents came to know the Lord through the ministry of Dr. Lovell R. Cary. Diane graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas and went on to graduate from Rhema in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She accepted the Lord at the age of 6 and was raised in a Christian home in Lancaster, Texas. Ben and Diane married on July 17, 1994, and were blessed with a daughter, Hannah Joy, on April 22, 2000. They both hold credentials with the Church of God. Ben and Diane want to be a part of this last day outpouring by evangelizing, equipping and raising up leaders for the preparation of His soon coming.