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Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Pastor Ben Daggett is humbled and grateful to serve at the work of God in Salem and Derry, alongside the Pleasant Street and St. Luke's UMC congregations. Ben is originally from a small town north of Hartford, Connecticut, where he, his older sister and brother learned from their parents a deep appreciation for the outdoors, prayer, music, travel, and the "art" of bringing puns into otherwise thought-provoking conversation.


Upon graduating from high school, Ben traveled to Brazil on a yearlong student exchange, and was so taken with the experience of cultural immersion that he set off for Latin America again for his junior year of college, that time in Argentina. His experiences in foreign lands and the radical hospitality he received from strangers turned friends, turned family, eventually convinced him in heart and mind that God’s ways are better than his ways. Soon after that he came to believe that Jesus is the Way, as he had learned about from the Bible and in church growing up. Amazed at the prospect of participating in God’s great story, Ben worked for several years as a medical interpreter of Spanish and Portuguese in central Massachusetts. In time, he left hospital interpreting to serve on a mission team together with former street kids in Brazil, Venezuela, and Texas, and while in that work he discerned that God’s call, for him, included seminary and full-time ministry. He enrolled in school again and completed his MDiv at the BU School of Theology in 2016, with a concentration in Global and Community Engagement. Ben came to the UMC through friendships and missional collaboration with Brazilian Methodists in the greater Boston area and Worcester, MA. He is a provisional elder with the New England Annual Conference. 

Pleasant St. UMC

8 Pleasant St. 

Salem, NH 03079

Phone: 603-898-2501


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