A Musical Calling
By Jackson Young
Clearly, God has brought Mr. Ben Vis to Geneva for a reason. The new choir teacher was completely happy in his job until circumstances opened a path for the position at Geneva.
Along with teaching choir and music theory, Vis is holding auditions for Priase Band this week, Wednesday through Friday during lunch in the choir room. To find the audition music, go to tinyurl.com/gsbpraise.
He was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended a small high school. Vis graduated from the University of Wisconsin through a scholarship in choir. Vis married his wife, Meredith, and moved to Texas to stay close to her parents. Vis began teaching choir at Kitty Hawk Middle School just outside San Antonio.
When he heard about Geneva and that they had an opening, Vis was interested because he wanted his son to attend Geneva. The thought was fleeting because he felt the work he was doing at Kitty Hawk Middle School was his calling.
At one point, his wife came to him and told him about a dream she had. In it, there was a small box. Inside the box was a golden key with the word “Geneva” inscribed on it. While that felt very directed, they decided to call this dream a “coincidence.” But a couple of days later Vis posted some of his thoughts about Christianity on Facebook. An old friend, whom he had not spoken to in years, sent him a message that said she felt Vis was being called into some type of a ministry.
Immediately, Vis recalled the teacher job description at Geneva and how it says the teachers were to primarily minister to the students. He had to choose between a promotion at Kitty Hawk or taking a risk and moving to Geneva.
Vis decided to pray. He prayed, “to have a good, solid direction for what [he] needed to do.” God spoke to him and he, his wife and his three children decided to trust God and take the risk. Vis called Geneva to let them know that he would take the job. As soon as he did, everything lined up perfectly. He sold his house and moved closer to Boerne.
When asked what he enjoyed most about Geneva so far, Vis said, “Being able to pray openly. It is a little thing, but it is not something I have experienced in just about ten years of education.”
Photo by Ashton Landis and Graphic by Anna Riedlinger