Ben Sledge

Ben Sledge is a combat veteran with a powerful testimony. During his time in the United States Army he saw action in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals for his actions while overseas. It was during his time in the military that he went from occasional porn user to full-blown addict, viewing it an upwards of 5 to 7 times an evening. After his last deployment and a failed marriage, Ben found himself sleeping on his friend’s couch and battling his addictions to alcohol, porn, women, and suffering from PTSD. Desperate to cure his depression, his atheist friend took him to a church called Gateway in Austin, TX where he found Jesus, life, counseling, and a group of men that took an uncanny interest in loving him. Today he is the college pastor and campus pastor for Gateway Church in Central Austin as well as an avid graphic designer and creative. A gifted communicator and writer, Ben writes for XXXchurch’s sister ministry Heart Support, a website where youth come to find hope, strength, fellowship, and encouragement. A cultural expert on Generation Y and Millennials, he is a sought-after speaker for college ministries and men’s retreats.