One could describe Ben Glover as an overcomer.
In the year he spent at Hastings College, from 1996-97, friends and acquaintances testified to the young music major's passion and talent for music. However, after his first year at the college, he decided to take a leap of faith and left college to pursue a career in songwriting and performing.
It was that same faith that ultimately brought Glover to the stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday. Glover and a team of collaborating songwriters took home the Grammy for best contemporary Christian music song for the song "Overcomer," performed by Christian artist Mandisa. The song reached No. 1 on Billboard's list of Hot Christian Songs in 2013 and was Glover's first Grammy.
"You could call Ben an overcomer himself, because anybody who wants to be a songwriter knows they're entering a very difficult business," said Jim Sanderson, owner and financial adviser at Sanderson Investments and Insurance in Hastings, who attended church with Glover in Hastings and used to played music with the young man in his dorm room at Bronc Hall.