Torrey Ben  
Ben Torrey
Director/ CEO
Three Seas Training Center and the Fourth River Project | Jesus Abbey

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Ben Torrey grew up in Korea where, as a teenager, he joined with his parents, Jane and Archer Torrey, in pioneering Jesus Abbey, a community of prayer, high in the Taebaek Mountains of Kangwon Do.  Along with his father and ten other young men, he lived in a tent for six months while clearing land and erecting the first Jesus Abbey buildings.

From 1979 until 2005, Ben served as a bi-vocational minister (ordained in the Evangelical Apostolic Church of North America while working in the fields of computer systems development and knowledge management.  He also served as the administrator for The King’s School, a Christian Middle and High School in Bolton, Connecticut.  Associated with the school since its inception in 1994, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1998 until his resignation in 2004 in order to devote himself fully to the work of preparing for the opening of North Korea.

In 2003, the members of Jesus Abbey gave Ben the responsibility of developing the Three Seas Training Center and the Fourth River Project.  In connection with this work, the Torreys also established The River of Life School, a Christian middle and high school preparing the Unification Generation.  They returned to Korea, living at Jesus Abbey, in 2005.  He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jesus Abbey in 2012.

Ben has spent time in North Korea.  Initially, he went for a ten-day trip in 2007 touring medical facilities and rest homes.  Subsequently, he served as a food monitor for a U.S. food distribution program from September through December of 2008.

Ben has been a student of history, comparative cultures, economics, theology and related subjects for many years.  He has been writing and lecturing in these subjects for the past thirty years.