Ben Gárate is Sr. Pastor of Calvary Chapel Montrose. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. His family attended a small, Evangelical Pentecostal church and at the age of 13 he went forward to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Sadly, he did not continue to walk with the Lord and had another 13 years in the school of hard knocks.
At the age of 26, Ben rededicated his life to the Lord and has continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ to this day. After serving in various ministries at Calvary Chapel Vista, the Lord called him to Colorado to begin a Bible Study in the city of Montrose. In May 1996, he began a small home Bible study with four other families.
Today, Calvary Chapel Montrose is home to approximately 400 believers who are growing in the Word together. Pastor Ben and Judy have been married 34 years, have 4 grown, married children and 11 grandchildren with the hope of more on the way.
It is his desire to “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2