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July 25, 2013
By Julie Payne
First Baptist Church, North Mobile, Saraland
Mobile Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:1
Favorite Hymn: “It is Well”
Hobbies: Playing golf, baking
Family Status: Married to Jessica; expecting their first child Nov. 4.
Ben McLeod leads the media team at First Baptist Church, North Mobile, in Saraland. On a weekly basis he films, edits, oversees the church website and carries out set designs for new sermon series. McLeod grew up in Albany, Ga., and attended Sherwood Baptist, the church that produces Christian films. He has been on the crew of films including “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” He attended film school in Orlando.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ?
A: I grew up in a great home with godly parents who were always praying for me and encouraging me. My parents not only told me how to live for Christ but they modeled it. I saw it lived out in their lives ... at church but most importantly I saw it at home.
Q: How were you led into your work as a church media and communications director?
A: Well funny thing is I never saw myself working in a church. I loved being a part of the films in Albany, Ga., but I didn’t see myself doing that for a career inside the walls of a church. Then two years ago Jason Breland, the worship pastor (at First Baptist, North Mobile), called me. I’ll never forget it — I was on the set of “America’s Got Talent” and I didn’t recognize the number but answered anyway. A few weeks later I was in Mobile interviewing for the job.
Q: What do you get from this ministry work?
A: I really love what I do. One of the things I get to do is film people’s story, and there is nothing more powerful than someone’s story. I am constantly challenged and blessed by what people are going through and overcoming.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: My parents have always been supportive no matter what. My wife has been amazing in every aspect of my ministry. She is supportive and so patient with me on weeks like for our Christmas program when we are going 90 to nothing. I am truly blessed.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: God has called me and my wife to North Mobile, and I just want to be in His will. If I can contribute to God’s vision for this church, what a huge honor. I don’t want to be remembered for making videos but for loving Christ and pointing people to Him.