Benjamin Hawkins, born Feb. 11, 1983, is the son of Seth and Kim Hawkins. The fourth of 10 children, he is a 2001 graduate from Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Okla., a town approximately an hour west of Oklahoma City. Raised as a Southern Baptist, he publicly professed his faith in Christ through baptism—and later surrendered to a call to ministry—at Trinity Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Hawkins graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Communication Arts and a minor in Spanish. Afterward, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned an M.A. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 and where he is now completing a dissertation for his Ph.D. in Church History and Historical Theology.
While attending school at Southwestern Seminary, Hawkins also served as senior news writer for the office of communications, where he wrote news and feature articles, as well as promotional content, for use online and in the Southwestern News magazine and other print publications. He also served for a time as an adjunct professor in the College at Southwestern, teaching history.
In Sept. 2013, Hawkins moved with his family to Jefferson City, where he now serves as associate editor of The Pathway.
Alongside his editorial and writing duties at The Pathway, he also contributes to Baptist Press, to Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine, and to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s soon-to-launch blog, For The Church (www.ftc.com). He is also an occasional proofreader for B&H Publishing.
Hawkins was ordained to the gospel ministry in the fall of 2014 at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City.
Hawkins and his wife, Heather, have two children: Emma and Noah.