Andy Benes

Andy Benes was a 1988 National Collegiate Pitcher of the year, 1988 United States Olympic Gold Medal Winner-Baseball-Seoul, South Korea , #1 overall pick in 1988 amateur baseball draft and played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball. The teams he played for include the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals. Andy finished his career with 155 wins and exactly 2000 strikeouts. Benes has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 24 years and they have 6 children (3 boys & 3 girls). The Benes family resides in St. Louis and Andy continues to work for the St. Louis Cardinals doing community/charity work. A major part of this job includes an anti-drug program for the STL Cardinals along with Fredbird for grade schools in and around St. Louis area. Andy also coaches Varsity Baseball and Varsity girls softball at Westminster Christian Academy. He loves the Lord and is passionate about sharing his personal beliefs and testimony with others.


“I got excited about discipleship after attending the Men at the Cross conference in Saint Louis a few years ago. Joe challenged us to make a difference in some other man’s life just as Christ did with the 12 men he mentored here on earth. I decided to stretch myself and ask a new acquaintance to meet with me once a week at a local coffee shop and go thru the One to One book that was passed out at the conference. Wow! I have been blessed to see God work. All I had to do was to be willing to invest in another man and talk to him about Jesus. The Holy Spirit did the rest. I got to witness a miracle here on earth. I saw the scales fall off my friend’s eyes as God revealed Himself to my friend in only the way God can.” – Andy Benes

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