Ben Volman grew up in a conservative Jewish home in Toronto. As a young student of philosophy and English at the University of Toronto, he began to consider the reality of God and the person of Jesus of Nazareth. After reading the Bible, his search for truth led him to a campus meeting to hear the well-known Jewish evangelist, Art Katz. At that meeting in 1976, Ben allowed Jesus to become his Lord and Saviour and his life was changed.
Ben became involved with the Messianic Jewish congregational movement and felt led to become better equipped for leadership. He entered Knox College (Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto) and earned his M. Div., including a period of graduate work in Chicago, both at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Spertus College of Judaica. Between 1982 and 1991 Ben worked for three missions, including five years as a Messianic congregational planter for Chosen People Ministries in Toronto.
Since then, Ben has been a senior fundraising administrator with some of Canada’s largest non-profit charities and a consultant to Christian ministries.He has also been a national board member of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Canada and served on the administrative committee of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance.He has been a contributing editor and Executive Director of The Messianic Times.His testimony and articles on Israel and Messianic Judaism have appeared in international publications. You’ll find his personal blog is Messianic Insight.
Today, Ben has re-joined the staff of Chosen People Ministries, assisting in congregational planting in Toronto and mentoring our newer missionaries.
Ben lives in Toronto with his wife, Sue, and their adult son, Jonathan.
A Walk in Ancient Jerusalem … Combining slides and a animated video developed by the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority, this PowerPoint presentation helps viewers feel they are experiencing an informed walk in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.Ben’s thorough and detailed teaching makes the ancient City come alive.
The Meaning of Sacrifice – Bringing Leviticus Alive … Based on the sacrifices described in the opening chapters of Leviticus, this message brings a deeper understanding of the significance of the Old Testament sacrifices and their connection to the ultimate sacrifice of Messiah Jesus.
Messianic Judaism 101 … What is the basis of this modern movement?What are its spiritual and historical roots?This message will explain why this remarkable, unprecedented world-wide phenomenon, now widespread throughout Israel, is so important for the Church today.Ben will speak out of his personal experience with leading international members of the Messianic movement.
The One New Man … How should Jews and Gentiles relate in the Church today?What is the significance of the rise of Messianic Judaism for those who believe we are all one in Messiah?This insightful study on Ephesians will unravel the mystery of the new relationship that God is creating at a time when the number of Jewish followers of Jesus has grown in unprecedented numbers.
The Coming Third Temple
… This one-hour presentation will bless your congregation with an understanding of what God will do in Jerusalem next.Ben blends together history, contemporary archaeology, modern-day Israel and the Scriptures and looks toward God’s revealed plan for Israel and the world.
Philemon – Understanding Each Other Across the Generations
… In this message, based on the story of the slave Onesimus and his master Philemon, Ben gives his testimony and explains how his personal understanding of this small, but powerful letter has grown through the years.The result is a greater appreciation of the Apostle Paul’s message to care for one another across cultures and across generations.
Jewish Evangelism Seminar
… is a presentation that will encourage and equip Gentile believers to share the Gospel with their Jewish friends and acquaintances.It is appropriate for either sermon or workshop.
The Jewish Roots of Christianity
… explains the Jewish history of the Church.Many Gentile Christians are unaware of their spiritual roots.This presentation offers an understanding of how we lost sight of those roots and what we can do to gain a new appreciation for them.
Messiah in the Passover
… is a meaningful portrait of man’s redemption through Messiah as seen through the vehicle of the traditional Jewish Seder.It demonstrates how Christ fulfills the eternal plan of salvation for all men and how He instituted the Lord’s Table at the last Passover He celebrated with His disciples.There are several ways to present this program:a simple demonstration with or without a communion service, a demonstration with congregational participation through thesampling of the ceremonial foods or a full banquet.