Benjamin Bahleda, Design Services Manager at The Church Online, spends his days managing the design and programming teams, overseeing projects from start to finish, designing and coding, and communicating with clients. He makes sure all projects are completed on time without anything slipping through the cracks. Considering his strong organization skills, he’s perfect for the job. “My God-given talents have always been creativity and organization,” he says.
Bahleda developed his passion for art at a young age. “I remember really enjoying the Sunday comics and wanted to be a cartoonist,” he says. “I read the comics every Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the marriage of art and humor,” he says. “I wanted to become a cartoonist to deliver that same humor in an artistic form, which lead me to writing comics for the school newspaper.”
His curiosity for art naturally led him to take an interest in art classes in high school. He began taking courses in commercial arts and graphics at a local college. Loving the direction he was moving in, Bahleda transitioned to working toward an associate’s degree. “Getting to design, especially when given creative freedom, is one of my favorite things to do in this world. It’s incredible how fast the workday can fly by whenever you’re immersed in doing something you love,” Bahleda says. He earned his associate’s degree for specialized technology in graphic design at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. He soon hopped on board at The Church Online, and has been lending his skills to the team since 2007.
Bahleda loves when he has creative freedom design-wise, allowing his artistic, innovative background to really shine through. Throughout his years at The Church Online, he’s worked on countless notable projects that have allowed him to do this, and he appreciates the challenge. As Design Services Manager, he’s been deeply involved in every project since his start in 2007. “I’ve been involved somehow in every design project since 2007, so there are a lot of projects that have gone through my hands in some way,” he says.
While enjoying creative freedom, he notes the importance of receiving direction and clear, consistent communication from clients regarding anything design-related. “You can trust us to make something unique and creative,” he says. “Even if we don’t get it right the first time, we’re always willing to go back and revise a design to meet the vision of the client.”
When not designing at The Church Online, Bahleda enjoys a plethora of activities, which include staying active by running, hiking, and taking advantage of the great outdoors. He can be found cooking and trying new recipes, usually on the grill. He also enjoys gaming, Bible Study, digital music production, and DJing.