Ben Vail, Area Ministry Director
Ben grew up in Orange County, CA and attended Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles in 2007. After graduating CSUN with a B.A. in Psychology, he began serving on staff with InterVarsity at USC. After two years there, he spent seven years serving at CSU Fullerton and Fullerton College. In May 2020, Ben and his family moved to the Inland Empire to serve as our Area Ministry Director for the IE.
When not on campus, you can find Ben playing with his daughter Anna and hanging out with his wife Olivia in their garage arcade, hosting friends and students in their home, and cheering on the LA Dodgers and LA Kings.
It is his desire to see thriving student-led ministries on all 18 campuses in the IE. He also loves coffee. A LOT. :)
Stephen Hop, Ministry Team Leader
Born and raised in San Jose, Stephen moved to SoCal to attend UCLA in 2005. After graduating with a B.A. in International Development Studies, he began serving on staff with InterVarsity and has been ever since. Stephen spent 6 years serving at UCLA, but in 2015 he and his wife Nancy moved to Riverside and absolutely love it here! While he currently serves as the Ministry Team Leader for UCR, his desire is to see witnessing communities planted and thriving at campuses all throughout the Inland Empire.
In their free time, you can generally find them chasing after their two year old son Caleb or, if they still have energy after the former (haha), being active somewhere outdoors! Whether it’s running half marathons, hiking the SoCal peaks, or playing just about any kind of sport, they enjoy the fresh air and exercise. They also love hosting game nights, movie nights and any other excuse to cook and share some good food. They look forward to the chance to meet and host you this year!