Ben Windle was raised in a Christian home in the corn fields of Indiana and gave his life to Christ at a young age. At the age of 13 Ben and his family moved to South Florida where he began attending a youth ministry where he felt challenged in his faith in a real way. Jesus got a hold of his heart and he felt called to live his life for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel, where ever and however. Ben met Mallika when they were 14 years old, they started dating when they were 17, and were married at 20.

At 23 Ben was called to pastor a church in South Florida where the Windle family served in multicultural, multigenerational urban cities and followed Christ to serve in communities where mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and prostitution were part of everyday ministry. Oh, the stories they can tell.

In 2014, in a season of burnout, God called the Windles to Discover Church for a season of refreshing and renewal in the mountains. What was supposed to be a season turned into a clear assignment. God used the church and the people to bring fresh life and a renewed call to Ben and Mallika as they fell in love with the community and it’s people. God quickly got to work providing the vision of a thriving church that is part of a Jesus movement that is transforming lives, communities, and the world. God has grown a church of 9 people meeting in a home in 2007 into a life-giving community where people gather from all over Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia.

Ben has a passion for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that makes God’s word come alive and reveals it’s timeless relevance, all pointing to Jesus as our hero and our need for the atonement He alone can offer. Ben has a humorous and relatable teaching style that gives people from all walks of life an honest perspective on their relationship with God and ways to grow in their faith.

Ben enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing – all the outdoorsy things, building and riding motorcycles, and the occasional creative projects.
Ben and Mallika have two crazy boys and one perfect daughter and are blessed to call the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina home.