Ben and his wife, Dawna, have served in ministry together since 1992. Ben has always served the church through music, but has also served as Youth Pastor, Outreach Pastor, and as a music teacher in a Christian school. In addition to a music degree, he holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He loves theology, philosophy, composing/arranging music, doing other writing, and playing and watching sports. The Gum family has served in church ministry in Shawnee since 2005. Ben and Dawna have four children and nine grandchildren, and have served as foster parents for dozens of boys.