Teaching Faculty

Ben Johnston-Krase

Ben Johnston-Krase is one of the organizing pastors of Farm Church in Durham, NC, a congregation that meets on a farm and leverages the resources of that farm to address food security by honoring people with locally grown organic food. A year and a half into Farm Church’s story, Ben was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, and ultimately stepped back from his role as pastor. He remains passionate about the theological underpinnings that motivate people and congregations to move outside of their comfort zones and take risks, not for their own sake, but for the sake of those who are vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. Prior to starting Farm Church, he served as a pastor of churches in Texas and Wisconsin, and in a past life he taught middle school language arts. He and his three daughters live on a small farm just north of Durham, where Ben continues to engage work with faith communities, tends gardens and chickens, and writes about theology, congregational vitality, and life with cancer.

  • June 10 - June 13
    • Personal Growth
    • Spirituality
    • Theology and Bible Study


      Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
      Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.