Ben Turland

Campus Leader, Ryerson University
ben.turland@cco.ca
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I’m married to my beautiful wife, Megan Turland. Megan and I both work for CCO. We love being a missionary family and are welcoming our first child at the end of the summer. I come from a small town in the interior of B.C. – in the Okanagan – called Salmon Arm. It’s nestled amidst beautiful mountains, and resting on Shuswap Lake. You can tell I love where I come from! I am the middle child of three. I have an older sister who is married with two children who live in Salmon Arm, and a younger sister who works and lives in Calgary. I love my family!

I am the only Catholic in my family. I converted to Catholicism in 2004 while in Grade 11 because of the unconditional love that I found in the Church, and because of people loving me for just being a son of God. I gave the full ‘yes’ to Jesus that changed my life back in 2006, in Rockridge, Ontario in a little chapel. I learned that even though I had given a ‘yes’ to become Catholic, I still had to open my heart to him, surrender to him, and consciously choose to have him at the centre of my life.

What excites me is knowing that our Faith is the truth, it brings life and love, and now I am able to share that. IT’S AWESOME!

Working for CCO since 2011, I currently serve as the Team Leader at Ryerson University in Downtown Toronto. In this role there have been many highlights:

  • to be able to see how much a student can be transformed by Christ in a short time.
  • to look back and see a student, who 4 months ago did not believe in Jesus, now have a personal relationship with him and want to share it with his friends.
  • to see a guy get over his fears and ask his good buddies to be in a faith study.
  • to be able to travel and share the Gospel in a variety of countries including, USA, Ireland, Uganda and Brazil to name a few.

At Ryerson, a particular instance stands out. I was able to witness to two students who did not attend Church or know Jesus personally. I was blessed to see them baptized and confirmed into the Church this past Easter.

The ongoing ministry of support raising has been a witness over the past 6 years to many people around me, highlighting God’s faithfulness. Raising my salary and living my life this way causes people to ask, “What this is all about?” – it’s such a different job – it invokes so many conversations.

Both Megan and I have grown spiritually, and in leadership, through the discipleship and leadership of those CCO staff above us who are mentoring and being present to us. We have each overcome a variety of personal weaknesses and struggles to grow in intimacy with the Lord, through prayer and encouragement.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

That Megan and I continually seek God’s will for our lives and continually respond to the adventure of service.

For our family- their health and their relationship with God.

For my ministry at Ryerson, that we will reach more students on Campus with the saving message of Jesus.

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