Ben Hardman is the lead pastor of the Avenue Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky an innovative church plant adjacent to the University of Louisville’s campus. Ben has over 15 years ministry experience and is a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana. He started as the youth minister at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, Indiana where he served for 7 years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky & Southeast Christian Church. Ben spent 4 years leading Southeast’s student ministry department before taking over their college & young adult ministry, the Post, 3 years ago. While at Southeast, Ben also headed up the Southeast Leadership Conference for two years. Ben Hardman is married to Sarah and have two boys, Cole, 7 and Caden, 5 and are awaiting adoption of baby Claire from Ethiopia. Ben has been a speaker for events on college campuses, leadership training events, for CIY conferences and many more student events around the country. He was named one of the top twenty youth ministers in the country by the church report in 2007 and is writing his first book with group publishing, “Thrive: doing more than surviving on a secular college campus!”
Ben is the author of the book Thrive: Doing More Than Surviving Your Faith. His vision is to create a movement of multiplying churches on college campuses.
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When Ben Hardman speaks, you actually believe another world is possible; that you can help be apart of bringing the kingdom of heaven here to earth. He's someone I respect, someone I consider a friend and a deeply compelling voice for this generation."
Ben Hardman is the real deal. Over the past 15 years I have developed a deep admiration for his heart and loyalty to ministry as well as his passion for needs around the world. He is an extremely strong communicator who speaks with charisma and conviction. Personally, I think it is his great sense of humor and genuine ability to connect that makes Ben such a sought after speaker.
Ben Hardman is an excellent communicator who relates well and inspires to obedient living. He is of the highest moral character and has a humble spirit while being confident of the gifts God has given him."