Richard Benjamin, Sr. was the founding pastor of Abbott Loop Community Church in Anchorage, AK. He also helped to found Abbott Loop Christian School, a K-12 school, and Abbott Loop Bible School, a two-year diploma program. Under his leadership, Abbott Loop sent out more than 1,300 people in church-planting teams and missionaries throughout the world. He was a mentor and spiritual father to Dr. Jim Feeney, who’s book Church Planting by Teams is the basis on which ISOM was built. Benjamin went to be with the Lord on August 10, 2019.