Southsider Voice correspondent
Life has not always been easy for Ben Stallings, but through all the many ups and downs, one thing has remained constant to guide him through it: his Catholic faith.
He grew up in southern Indiana in a family of farmers who worked hard to make a living. His work ethic was instilled at an early age.
His mother, who was the choir director at their church, died when he was just 12; his father passed away four years later.
Stallings was one of four children who lived by themselves for four months before the courts intervened and saw to it that they moved in with their Aunt Leeann and Uncle Herman Briggeman.
Stallings attended South Spencer High School before transferring to Roncalli for the last two months of his junior year and his senior year.
It was a lesson of hard knocks in his youth, but it’s hard to tell that when walking into his Beck Service Center, 6025 Madison Ave. The accomplished businessman has not only become a pillar in the community but in the Nativity Catholic Church community as well.
Stallings and his wife, MJ, lead their family by example by showing through actions in their church just how important and strong their Catholic faith is to them. They are blessed with five children, Ray, Andrew, Kyle, Anthony and Alex.
Ben is a cantor, member of the church choir, funeral cantor, head coach of various teams at Nativity and has served on Roncalli’s board of directors. MJ is a Eucharistic minister and served on the parish council, athletic committee and concession stand at Nativity while coaching volleyball at either Nativity or St. Mark for 24 years.
“I enjoy going to Mass, and it is a special time of the week for me,” Stallings said. “Our volunteering is our extension of the Mass. I am a silent practitioner.”