President & Chairman of the Board
Ben co-founded the Downtown Fellowship in 2008 when he felt led to collaborate with other churches and ministries to serve Downtown San Diego. He is
an elder at First Presbyterian Church San Diego and has served as a youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, youth band director, worship team bass player, and outreach elder. He has co-led 30+ house building trips with Amor in Mexico over the last 20 years.
Ben is on the advisory council for New Gateway Solutions, a DF ministry for homeless prevention. He is board chairman of Life Perspectives, bringing hope and healing to those impacted by reproductive loss including miscarriage and abortion.
Ben is a Principal Resource Planner for San Diego Gas & Electric where he has been employed since 1986. He is a mechanical engineer, US Naval Academy, and an MBA, University of San Diego. Ben married his wife, Susan, in 1994 at First Presbyterian Church and they have two sons, Joshua and Matthew.
Bruce grew up attending First Presbyterian Church, was significantly impacted the church's youth ministries, and is a lifetime member there. He holds degrees from Stanford University, San Jose State
University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Youth ministry, sports ministry, and studies in religious studies, social sciences, and theology led to a career in emergency relief and community development work, mostly in Africa and the Middle East.
Bruce is grateful for the faith-based, collaborative emphasis of the Downtown Fellowship as we seek to serve among the most vulnerable in San Diego.
Secretary of the Board
John is the Senior Pastor of Matthew 25:34-40 Ministries, an international, cross-denominational church association, missions agency, church-planting
organization, and service agency.
John has served with many Christian ministries, including Church@Work, San Diego County Jail Ministries, Harvest Crusades, Mission San Diego with Billy Graham, Promise Keepers, Mighty Men's Fellowship, and CityFest with Luis Palau. He has volunteered at the San Diego Rescue Mission for 45 years. Since 2011, he has been coordinating volunteers for Church-On-The-Streets in 16 cities, which ministers daily at homeless camps to restore people back into society through local communities of faith.
He has been involved with the Downtown Fellowship since its beginning.