Ben Sledge – Guest Speaker
Sledge to Speak on Mental Illness
As part of our Taboo message series, speaker Ben Sledge will join LifeBridge for services on Oct. 25 and 28. Ben 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. 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, Texas, 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 Austin, as well as an avid graphic designer and creative. Ben is also the Executive Director of Heart Support, a website where youth come to find hope, strength, fellowship, and encouragement.