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 three children, Elijah, Isobel and Luke.
Ben is a singer-songwriter with gifts in worship leading. Visit benjamintagg.com to learn about his music.
Aaron and Charissa Belleville
Aaron and Charissa Belleville are both homegrown Buffalonians. They began working with the ministry as resident missionaries in 2018. Aaron has a green thumb and is running an urban farm named Promise Valley, a ministry of Seneca Gospel Mission. He loves to build connections with people in the community and has a heart for youth mentorship. Aaron and Charissa were married in 2016 and they have a daughter named Eleanor and a son called Ezekiel.
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