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Ben received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and Master of Divinity in 1987; both from Texas Christian University. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with 33 years of experience in the parish setting. In 2014, Ben received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Angelo State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
He is oriented in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has received training from both The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia, PA and Christine Padesky, renown psychologist in the field of CBT.