Benjamin Tindall, 30, is the executive director of Cove House Emergency Shelter and assistant pastor at Skyline Church in Copperas Cove.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Fort Worth. My parents traveled a lot. My dad is a pastor and God took him to many churches to minister so we traveled all over with him. I grew up in Washington and Oregon then moved back to Texas in my teens, and I have been back here ever since. My parents currently live in East Texas.
Tell me about your family.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Shelly, ever since Feb. 17, 2006. I met her at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. We have two handsome young sons named Caleb, 5, and Ethan 3.
What community activities are you involved with?
I work at the shelter in Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter. We have a free clinic that started here in November 2013. I help with the food bank that we have here. We are currently working on purchasing an apartment building for transitioning homeless people. At Skyline I provide private programs, teach Bible study and provide many helpful workshops. I volunteer at the Celebrate Recovery program at the First Baptist Church — it is a Christian-based 12-step program. This program takes care of individuals who have various addictions and other issues. We teach them that ultimately their road to recovery is solely by letting Christ work in their lives.
What do you do in your spare time?
When I am not spending time with my family I attend school. I am currently going to school to obtain my master’s degree in theological studies. I hope to be finished with my degree by this summer. I dream of using this degree to develop social activities within the church. I really want to also help individuals who are struggling with their gender or identity and homosexuality. I want to help families adopt children. My wife and I would love to adopt children ourselves one day also.
If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
I believe in changing for the better always. I strive to be a better husband, a better father and a better follower of Christ.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Starting new ministries. Investing in people on an individual basis through church ministries and on a larger scale to make a difference in the whole wide world.