Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Benjamin Banta

Architect, Project Leader
Joined EMI: November 2016
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS, Architecture, Ball State University in Muncie, IN, 2006
  • Intern Architect at BSA LifeStructures in Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL, 2006-2009
  • Licensed Architect in Illinois, 2009
  • Project Architect | Project Manager at VOA Associates in Chicago, IL, 2009-2016
  • Project Architect | Project Manager at Stantec in Chicago, IL, 2016-2017
  • Architect | Project Leader at EMI in Colorado Springs, CO, 2018-Present

After graduating from Ball State University in 2006, Ben joined BSALifeStructures (a multi-disciplinary firm primarily focused on healthcare) in Indianapolis, IN. It was there that God began to develop a passion for the design of healthcare facilities. After spending a year in Indianapolis, he transferred to the Chicago, IL office where he continued his involvement in healthcare projects. Following a brief time of unemployment in 2009, he joined VOA Associates (purchased by Stantec in 2016) and spent the next 8 years heavily involved in healthcare projects all throughout the Chicago area.

Ministry Experience

Growing up as a missionary kid in Mexico City, missions was a part of his everyday life. From an early age, God began to cultivate in him a heart for the nations. During his senior year of high school, he sensed a clear call from God to serve him missionally through architecture. In January 2009, God gave him a clear picture of how he was preparing and equipping him to serve His kingdom through EMI. God continues to grow and cultivate a heart for mentoring, discipling, and enabling ministries around the world as they reach their communities with the gospel (specifically those with healthcare facilities).


Ben and Kristy met in Chicago in 2013. It was quickly evident that God had bigger plans than either of them could ever imagine. They were married in 2014 and began to pray about where God was leading their family into ministry. Their daughter, Ariana, was born in May 2017. Soon after, the Banta’s moved to Colorado Springs to be a part of the USA office. Kristy is an elementary school teacher, but during this season of Ariana's life has been blessed to be a full-time mom. Ben and Kristy enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors.