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:: Ben Milner : senior teaching pastor ::

Ben Milner is the founding pastor of Salem Presbyterian. He grew up alongside his two brothers on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. The son of two teachers of English, Ben graduated from Wake Forest with a B.A. in Physics in 1992. As a senior at Wake Forest, he spent a semester studying abroad in London. While there he met his wife-to-be as well as his God-to-be. Actually, both of them found and rescued him.

Ben graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002 and immediately took a position at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the same church that he had attended as a student starting in 1992, shortly after his conversion.

Ben was called as an assistant pastor in 2004 and charged with starting an evening service at 5pm. The congregation grew and took on an identity of it's own and in 2011 decided to move into the sanctuary of Green St. Methodist Church. We did this in order to witness to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in another section of the city, the Gateway neighborhoods. In 2013 we officially became our own separate church, Salem Presbyterian Church. Ben preaches most Sundays at Salem and loves to pray in people's homes. He is the moderator of our session, the elder team at our church, and he loves to meet with college students. A former atheist and skeptic himself, Ben is passionate about meeting with people who are inquiring or skeptical about Christianity.

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:: Austin Pfeiffer : associate pastor ::

Austin Pfeiffer is from Portland, Oregon. After graduating high school, he became a Christian and headed to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He cherishes how his young faith was nurtured in a place where Christianity was so foreign and thus made complacency a rarity. In 2005, Austin took a college ministry internship in Winston-Salem. It was there he discovered a passion for the church and also met his wife, Erin. 

Austin and Erin married in 2008, living in Boston, MA. In 2009, Erin and Austin moved back to Winston-Salem and started an intentional living community in the West Salem neighborhood. Austin was called to Salem Presbyterian in 2014. He and Erin have three children: Silas (b. 2012), Lucy (b. 2014), and Marco (b. 2016). Erin is a public health professional who manages the East Africa maternal and child health projects for Food for the Hungry. Austin has an M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School. His academic work has focused on Christian community and the local church.

Austin coordinates our worship service, works with our small groups, and handles other community aspects of the church. He also works in the summer months at the Sower's Plot, a community garden supported by Salem Presbyterian.

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