Hopewell Christian Fellowship hosts award-winning author and public speaker Fred Stoeker on Friday, April 4.
Stoeker will be speaking on the topic of sexual purity in marriages, a prevalent topic in his latest book, “Every Man’s Battle.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and is being offered to men 16 and older.
“It will be a lot about the bondage of sexual things in marriages and how it can weigh on them,” said Derek Ryder, Pastor of Student Ministries at Hopewell Christian Fellowship. “[Stoeker] is trying to free men from this bondage and these distractions.”
A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with Honors, Stoeker is a well-known speaker who has spoken in or been televised into 60 different nations. Much of his work revolves around enduring intimacy, purity in relationships, and a lasting commitment to the Christian religion, according to his biography provided to the Tri County Record.
“Strength in a marriage is really important,” said Ryder. “I think a lot of guys, those dealing with struggles of sin, feel isolated. Our culture tends to point them out as freaks. [Stoeker] presents things in a way that makes you feel like you aren’t alone.”
As an author, Stoeker has written 13 books, including the bestselling Every Man’s series and his most recent book, “Hero,” co-written with his son Jasen. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won two Gold Medallion awards and two Silver Medallion awards for writing excellence. The father of four children, Fred and his wife of 32 years, Brenda, live in the Des Moines area in Iowa, according to his bio.
Stoeker also emphasizes the importance of father-child connections and challenges fathers to actively train their sons and daughters to remain pure in their relationships.
“I hope [attendees] will just learn a lot in general,” said Ryder. “There are more guys struggling with these issues than I think people realize. We want to help strengthen marriages and provide hope.”
According to Stoeker’s bio, Stoeker is the president of Living True Ministries, is a best-selling author bent on challenging men to become sexually pure and to reconnect in true intimate relationships with their wives or girlfriends and their God. As an executive music producer, he recently released his first music CD, “Win This War,” whose lyrics promote sexual purity and deep intimacy with God. Also, he is founder of Stoeker Group, Inc., an employee recognition consulting firm.