Ben Tankard (born January 10, 1964) is a 6'6" former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, author, recording artist, and songwriter with over 250 songs recorded, and 14 Stellar Awards, and 21 gold and platinum records earned in his career to date. Tankard and his wife Jewel donate their time as non-salary senior pastors of Destiny Center Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tankard is also a motivational speaker for the National Basketball Association D-League and a reality television co-star with the Bravo show, Thicker Than Water. The family show premiered November 10, 2013. Season two premiered on Sunday January 4, 2015. Season three premiered on Sunday March 27, 2016.
He and R&B/Gospel veteran, Shirley Murdock recently received RIAA Gold records for their WOW Gospel 2006 Collaboration which climbed to #1 Gospel and #20 on Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold for more than 500,000 sales. His arrangement of the Lionel Richie song "Jesus Is Love" has been one of the most played songs on Sirius XM Radio gospel channel for ten years running. He has been a BMI writer (Broadcast Music, Inc.) for over 25 years. Tankard's latest CD Ben Tankard / Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous released on May 12, 2017 and quickly climbed to #1 Smoothjazz Amazon Bestseller and entered Billboard Gospel chart at #15 and Billboard Jazz chart at #18.