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Recently, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) had the privilege of interviewing Benjamin Palka, who serves as a church planter at King’s Church in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of State University College at Buffalo State with a bachelor of arts in communication and earned a master of theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Palka currently works in the defense industry. He was kind enough to share some of his thoughts and time with IRD.
IRD: Can you please give me an overview of Kings Church DC’s conception?
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Ben Palka: At the most basic level, a good friendship with another like-minded Christian named Wesley Welch got the ball rolling in early 2016. I attended the same church and studied theology at the same school. We found out each other had the same desire to organize and plant a church in the nation’s capital. From there, we started talking and discussing the idea with our pastors, mentors, faith leaders in D.C., and a Southern Baptist denominational leader. Our motives, rationale, and vision were vetted and those important to us and our efforts gave us a green light. Things progressed quickly, and with Wesley as the other leader, we officially started on February 2018.
On a deeper and more personal level, I committed to faith in Jesus Christ in college and that has been the single most important experience of my life. After that happened, I had years of maturing and it became clear to me that I wanted to be involved in the work of church planting. From there, the idea of helping to start a DC-based church plant materialized as I became more aware of how God was the architect behind the experiences and personal interests in my life. I’m reminded here that God promises to use every single event in...
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