Ben grew up in San Diego, California with a passion for action sports. Although he sensed God’s call on his life as a young boy, during his teen years he rebelled and ran from this call. This rebellion led him into drug and alcohol problems that eventually became so serious that he was hospitalized. But this hospital experience proved to be life-changing and sparked his return to the Lord.
Ben renewed his commitment to the Lord, and followed God’s call into full-time ministry. Initially, his primary burdens were the many young people who, like himself, struggled to find their own identity and often felt ignored by the traditional church. In 2000, he started Steelroots, one of the first ministries to blend action sports and Christian music to reach youth.
Under Ben’s leadership, Steelroots sponsored live events and produced groundbreaking television programs that brought an unconventional approach to modern day evangelism. It also crossed cultural and even generational boundaries, and reached a broad international television audience.
In 2007, Ben felt the call of God to move in a new direction: To reach the nations of the world. Ben obeyed and stepped away from Steelroots. As doors began opening, he felt a particular passion to reach people who often had been overlooked, holding meetings in places such as Sierra Leone, Honduras, Peru, Haiti, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil, Columbia, England, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Taipei, Taiwan and Mexico.
In recent year, Ben has become more highly visible within Inspiration Ministries, appearing on numerous programs and events. He is developing a new weekly television program, of which he will be the host. Ben continues to travel and preach the Gospel, and when at home, he enjoys spending his time with his wife and children.
Executive Director - Ben Cerullo, Jacques Thomas
Produced by The Paisley
Directed by James Chapman
Camera - James Chapman, Olman Hidalgo
Edit / Colour by James Chapman