Capt Benjamin Pennington, USMC
Education: Columbia College, BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2007; Columbia College, MBA, 2013
Present Assignment: Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer/Marine Helicopter Squadron OneMinistry Involvement:
OCF member since 2010; current Bible study co-leader; White Sulphur Springs retreat attendee, most recently on the junior officer panel for the OCF/Valor ROTC retreat at WSS; OCF small group, Fredericksburg, VA; OCF co-leader Kaneohe Bay, HI
I grew up in a Pentecostal church and was saved at a young age. The “religious” nature of my upbringing skewed my perception of being a Christian so much so that it became more of a tradition than a heart condition. The Christian mentorship that God has placed into my military path has drastically changed my walk with God.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for OCF?
There are three strengths that set OCF apart from other Christian military organizations: the OCF headquarters’ ability to connect people, the two retreat centers, and field staff members that serve as the continuity for the organization. OCF’s biggest opportunity directly aligns with its three strengths: enhancing the connection with its members, increasing the size of its field staff, and better integrating the OCF small groups with the two retreat centers.
Nominated By: LTC Dave Guida, USA; CAPT Michael Patterson, USN (Ret.); LTC Steve Schmidt, USA