Meet Our Team
The hands and hearts behind Steps Ministries
Our team is comprised of passionate Christ followers who are committed to making positive change in the inner-city. We believe that Jesus has called us to share the gospel and help marginalized people see their inherent worth in Him.
Ben and Ruth Tagg
Ben and Ruth have been living and working at Steps as a team since they were married in 2011. They have a heart of love for God and passion for social justice through living out the radical teachings of Jesus Christ. With over a decade of experience serving families in an urban setting, Ben and Ruth have a wealth of practical insights and stories to tell. Ben has a Diploma in Ministry from Elim Bible Institute and College. Both Ben and Ruth hold a license to minister with Elim Fellowship. Born and raised in the UK, Ben has dual citizenship in GB and USA. Ruth was born and raised in the Buffalo Area. Ben and Ruth have four children, Elijah, Isobel, Luke and Chloe.
Ben is a singer-songwriter with gifts in worship leading. Visit benjamintagg.com to learn about his music.
Jodi is the Youth Director for Steps Ministries. She currently lives in Clarence Center with her husband. They have two adult sons and two dogs.
Jodi is very accustomed to working with youth, in fact she volunteered with the youth group Ruth attended! Other volunteer experiences include serving as a Sunday School Leader, and working with the Steps Ministries Jam Club (now known as Jesus’ Kids) . She has also worked as a teacher’s aide in both middle and high schools.
Jodi knows that God has provided her with various opportunities and experiences to better equip her to relate to people He places in her path. This allows her to share God’s love. She welcomes all to pray and support her and Steps Ministries.
Melissa works as the administrative assistant for Steps. She had been volunteering with our youth ministry for a few years and we liked her so much that we asked her to come on staff! Apart from working in the office, Melissa mentors one or two of the local girls. She lives in Boston, NY with her family.
Our Board of Directors
Men and women with a heart for Seneca Babcock
Pastor Josh Hamlin