Ben Mandrell was elected the 10th president of Lifeway Christian Resources on June 28, 2019. As president and CEO, Mandrell provides vision and strategic leadership to the nonprofit organization headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prior to joining Lifeway, he pastored churches in Colorado and Tennessee. A native of Illinois, Mandrell graduated from Anderson (Indiana) University in 1998. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
Mandrell and his wife, Lynley, have been married since 2001. The couple has four children: Ava, Max, Miles and Jack.
Jarod is a worship leader and songwriter with a heart for the local church. He strives to lead his own congregation in songs that are firmly rooted in Scripture. His heart is to see them grasp the power of God’s Word and to see them respond in worship with that foundation. As a songwriter, Jarod believes our songs of worship should be saturated in the Word, edifying for the Church as well as glorifying to the Lord, much like many of the songs and hymns of faith throughout the centuries. Jarod leads his local congregation weekly in Houston, TX, as well as travels to events and conferences throughout the year. He has written songs such as “Kingdom’s Cause” and “Send Us To The Nations.” For more information on Jarod please visit www.jarodespy.com.