Pastor Darien Bennett tells us his amazing testimony of his old football days, corporate life at IBM, and the way he treated anyone who got in his way. We also address questions such as: What does true love look like from a Godly man? Are you angry and don’t know why? Are you trying really hard to not do what you know is wrong?
Show 9: What happens when an ex-professional football player/karate instructor meets Jesus face to face?
Show 10: How do you fix a problem that you don’t even realize you have?
Pastor Darien Bennett is the Men’s Ministry Pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church. The oldest of six children, Darien was raised in Santa Clara, CA by an hard-nosed coach/engineer father and a soft-hearted mom. He was indoctrinated as an athlete/competitor at an early age, he played football in college and earned tryouts with a few NFL teams but serious knee injuries ended his career. He worked for IBM for 23 years as a manager, systems analyst, auditor and marketing representative. Upon retiring in 1994 he focused on coaching, sports training and instructing Shotokan Karate.
Before salvation, his story was one of regret and destruction. His life as an athlete long over and corporate career winding down he had become ruthless in all his dealings with people. He sought significance in material possessions, sexual immoralities, wholesale drinking and brawling. He was divorced, angry and spiraling out of control. “If God had not sent a man to come alongside me at that time I am sure I would have ended up killing someone.”
He started ‘As Iron Sharpens Iron Ministry’ in 1994. He was executive director of a teen substance-abuse rehabilitation program which led to a full-time calling to ministry. He has a Masters-Divinity in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary and is currently Pastor of Ministry to Men at Scottsdale Bible Church.
He is married to Kellie and has two grown adult children and two grandchildren. Darien loves being with his wife, family and friends. He is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word and ministry. He loves to fly-fish, which he tries to do as much as God will allow.