Although originally from the Chicago area, Pastor Kraft grew up in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri. He was saved in 1984 at the age of 16, and began preaching at the age of 19.
Since then he has served as Youth Pastor, Pioneer Pastor, as well as Senior Pastor for several churches in Missouri. Pastor Kraft is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Central Missouri State University. He, and his lovely wife, Sheila, were chosen to serve Eastside Assembly as their Senior Pastors in January of 2005. Pastor Kraft has a genuine Pastor’s heart and is committed to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, knowing that it has the power to transform the life of every Believer. The Krafts’ have 2 sons, Nathan and Andrew. They also have a 2 year old daughter, Lauren, who awaits them in Heaven.
Never doubt it...the power of God's word transforms lives!
Children's / Women's Director
For many years, Sheila has provided leadership and spiritual guidance to both the children's and women's ministries at Eastside. Her passion for service and love for those served is evidenced in the vibrant ministries under her direction.
She and Pastor Kraft have been married over 20 years; they are the proud parents of two amazing sons as well as a young daughter who awaits them in heaven.
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Having been raised in a Pastor’s home of churches mostly in Iowa and Illinois, Ben grew up among a family of nine children, all influenced by the faithful prayers of his mother and father.
He was saved as a young boy, but chose not to follow in his father’s vocation. He served in the Vietnam War, followed by a career at IBM where he worked for 36 ½ years, mostly in sales. In 1989, Ben, and his wife Jean, moved to Tucson, the last move of his IBM career. They became members of Eastside Assembly, and after retirement, Ben was asked by Pastor Kraft to take on the position of Pastoral Care Director. His current duties include: Visiting the sick and the infirmed, teaching Sunday School, Director for the Primetimers ministry, and follow-up on 1st time Visitors. Their son, Charles, is married with three children, and is presently the Executive Director of Student Resources at American University in Washington D.C.
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