Ben is the creator and host of RePlacing Church, a podcast exploring local spirituality, innovative community, and social change. He helps leaders start new Christian faith communities and reawakens established churches engage to their neighborhoods as the Western U.S. Regional Director with Resonate Global Mission.
Ben received an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary and has been an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church since 2007. He was the founding pastor of Awake Church along Seattle’s Aurora Avenue where resilient neighbors struggle with homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and sexual exploitation and the founding executive director of the Aurora Commons, a neighborhood living room and resource center committed to overriding fear with hope, interrupting isolation with community, and offering dignity to all. Ben was previously the co-founder of the Parish Collective.
Ben enjoys karaoke, craft beer, and spicy salsa. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Cherie and three children.
A conversation among a group of fathers opens up space for Ben Katt to reflect on what his vasectomy has meant for him — and mark the ceremonial transition, as one era of fatherhood ends and another begins.
Even the most soul-affirming work can leave us depleted and lost. Making a commitment to step away from the daily grind and listen to our “inefficiency experts” — can sustain us in the work we do and the lives we lead.