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About Ben

With roots (rhymes with foots not boots) in Minnesota, and some time in Tennessee (don’t mean to make it sound like a prison sentence­ – we LOVE Tennessee, really), Maryland has been our home for over 20 years.

We are on a mission with God along with some AMAZING Jesus-followers near Baltimore. We gather on weekends on four campuses and throughout the week in hundreds of small groups, and are known for the way we love our community and have an impact around the world. It’s a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-site, multi-blessed community based on the simple teachings of Jesus which call us to love God, love people, and serve the world.

We call this growing family Mountain Christian Church.

It’s probably not what you think.

And whoever you are, and whatever your story, you are welcome at Mountain. Love to have you! You can join us online five times each week at

My amazing wife Karla was apparently out of her mind when she married me. That’s also why she’s still with me. She loves Jesus, me, her kids, tennis, and smashing people at Words With Friends.

Nathan is a student at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Tennessee where he was born, and where he now plays Ultimate Frisbee, guitar, and walks on slack lines between coffee runs and studying. @nathancachiaras

Andrew is a Junior at the University of Maryland.  When he’s not studying he’s hanging out with friends or cracking some lame pun that only he and I think is funny. @ajcachiaras

Ellie is a Sophmore at Milligan College where she plays soccer.  She’s a great writer and speaker of Spanish, and her heart beats fast for Laban, Cecilia, and Grace, our sponsored kids through CMF Missions of Hope International and especially Evelyn, Joshep & David, whom she has held in her arms when she went to Ecuador with Stadia and Compassion International@elliecach

Our dog, Rambo and Jeanie, have gone to doggie heaven, so we inhabit an empty nest.

I have a fierce, painful, lifelong love for the Minnesota Vikings.

Rock climbing gives me a natural “high” and I’ve climbed in over 10 states.

Most people who get tennis elbow don’t get it from playing tennis. I did. I try to hit twice a week year ‘round.

I listen to sermons on my iPod when I mow the grass.

My favorite place in the world is a cabin on the lake in Northern Minnesota, a haven we call Revive Us Again because we can still hear the echoing refrain of my Grandpa, G.H. Cachiaras, singing it – and because when we go there, that is what happens to us .

My parents live in Minnesota, and are awesome. I’m the youngest of four, so on car rides I was always in the middle with my feet on the hump.

I do not like cats.

I am trying to be like Jesus and be on mission with Jesus.

I am somewhat out of my mind.