Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. These days, he lives to help others heal.
Left Everyone Wanting More
Steve came to our church to present a forum on self-care and the basics of suicide prevention. It was one of the best events I’ve been privileged to host in more than twenty years of local church ministry. Drawing from his personal experience, Steve takes his audience on a journey from despair to hope, from chaos to calm. Full of wit and wisdom, his 90-minute presentation left everyone wanting more.
On the Edge of Our Seats
Steve Austin knows how to keep an audience on the edge of their seats with his wonderful mix of energy, honesty, and sensitive content. Great delivery. Look forward to seeing and hearing him again.
Steve spoke at our little church recently and it was such a good experience. His honest vulnerability, experience with trauma and mental health, and his message of hope was just what we needed. We've had enough of speakers offering easy 3-step solutions to life's problems. We need more like Steve who can tell us from experience that God is with us in our most painful places.
“I’ve decided churches need to look more like psych wards...In the same way Jesus welcomed people to come without pretense, it’s time for the church to provide a sacred place to lay down our burdens and rest.”
An Absolute Pleasure
It was an absolute pleasure having Steve share his story with our community. I firmly believe every time he speaks to a group of people, hearts and minds are changed for the better. Steve also makes sure people are seen for who they are and validates their humanity and vulnerability. His presence is a gift to any community, including faith-based and beyond.
The Type of Conversation We All Need
The type of conversation we all need to be having and often. Steve came and shared his soul with us so that we would do the same with one another!! Steve is a fighter and a survivor and it was an honor to spend time with him.
He's uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve.
Walking witness of New Life
In the case of every wound he knows, Steve has turned that wound into a source of healing power. That is why he is one of the most mobilized, energized, walking witnesses of New Life I have ever known.
Meet Steve Austin.
Steve Austin is a writer, coach, podcaster, and former pastor whose work has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, Relevant, and other outlets.
Austin nearly died by suicide after secretly suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and he has become a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health.
Austin resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and two kids, and he loves all things peanut butter and chocolate.
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