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Clearing Clutter to Balance Busy-ness with Ben Johnston-Krase – 5-2-15

April 1, 2015

As we move through life, we gather many experiences, beliefs, and philosophies that inspire and ground us, and help us define who we think we are.  At some point, however, all of these influences can become a jumble of ideas in our minds that can create a “clutter” that prevents us from clearly navigating through the “busy-ness” of our day to day lives.  How can we get clarity on the role of our faith and beliefs in navigating to a calm place of peace?  Our guest this week, Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase, will share his perspective on how we can clear through the spiritual clutter that is creating un-needed “busy-ness” in our lives.

BenJohnstonKraseBen Johnston-Krase is an organizing pastor of Farm Church, a new church development that invites the spiritually curious into a life-practice of Christ-centered faith and service where Christ’s rituals of feeding, teaching, and healing are couched in the growing, collecting, preparing and serving of food.

Ben previously served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wisconsin.  Prior to his ministry in Racine, Johnston-Krase served as a pastor for campus ministry at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX.  But, ministry was not his first career path.

Upon receiving a degree in English Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he taught middle school English for five years in Sterling and then Plano, Illinois.  An experience working with high school youth during his final years of teaching motivated him to pursue a seminary education, and in 2002, he graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL with a Masters of Divinity degree.

Ben leads a blessed life with his wife Karla, and their three daughters.

To learn more about Ben and Farm Church, check out the website,, our facebook page,, or check out this article from the Presbyterian News Service:

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