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Stand Courageous: Lt. Gen. William Boykin to Lead NJ Men’s Conference  


By Tom Campisi

Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin had a distinguished and decorated career in the United States Army.

Boykin was one of the original members of the Delta Force and played a significant role in numerous high-stakes missions all over the globe. He is best known for his involvement in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, which was later recounted in the book and film Black Hawk Down. In this conflict, Boykin was the Delta Force commander, leading his troops through the intense fight that became one of the most significant battles for U.S. Special Forces.

General Boykin retired from the U.S. Army in 2007. But he is still very much a man on a mission—especially when it comes to challenging men to live out biblical values. On Saturday, March 23, Boykin will be one of the keynote speakers at the Stand Courageous Men’s Conference at Liquid Church in Parsippany, NJ. Stand Courageous is a ministry of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC.

The one-day conference is based on Boykin’s book, Man to Man: Rediscovering Masculinity in a Challenging World. Topics include Man as the Provider, Man as an Instructor, Man as a Defender, Man as a Battle Buddy, and Man as a Chaplain. The multi-generational conference will conclude with a special time of men receiving and/or giving the Father’s blessing.

In addition to Gen. Boykin, the executive VP of Family Research Council, the conference lineup features Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Bishop Charles Flowers, Senior Pastor, Faith Outreach Center International; Kelvin Cochran,  Senior Fellow and Vice President, Alliance Defending Freedom; Art Reyes, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Downey; and Bill Paige (Montclair, NJ), Associate Pastor, Christian International Church, and a former leader with Young Life. The worship team will be led by Tim Mercaldo of Worship Plus.org and a group of local musicians.

“Men who fear God, not people, can change the world,” writes Boykin in Man to Man. “America’s future will not be decided by what happens in Washington, D.C., or even in your state capitol—it will be decided by what happens in homes all across America…God-fearing men who love their wives, invest in their children, and embrace their role as spiritual leaders of their homes can turn America around.”

(Ret.) Lt. General Boykin and Tony Perkins at a Stand Courageous Conference

For the last 10 months, a team of local ministry and business leaders has hosted meetings in preparation for the Stand Courageous Conference. Local pastors such as Tom Berninger (Abundant Life Church, Lincoln Park, NJ) and Fred Provencher (Cornerstone Church, Wyckoff, NJ) and professional athletes such as former NY Giants star Justin Tuck and Yankees manager Aaron Boone endorsed the event with short videos (Facebook links provided).

“The Stand Courageous Conference will enable men to lock arms and reassert their place in the church and society, by modeling Biblical manhood and molding men to Biblical manhood,” said Scott Spages, local coordinator for the conference.

The leadership team also includes Jerry Palmieri (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), George McGovern (Athletes in Action), Len Deo, President Emeritus of NJ Family Policy Center and Founder of the NJ Family Foundation, and Tom Grieco, a marketplace leader in Bergen County and chairman of Deeper Life Foundation.

“Imagine for a moment, 800 men gathered together in one room worshiping together, and then being challenged to stand up and live as men of God; That is our expectation for the Stand Courageous Conference,” said Palmieri, former strength coach and two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants.

“I heard a quote a few years ago that said, ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,’ ” said McGovern, director of AIA’s NFL Pro Staff Division. “We live in a day when it seems that evil is on the rise: distorting genders; relativizing truth; and trivializing the sanctity of life are just three examples.”

“Instead of men sitting on the sidelines and watching, men need to get in the battle and fight for what is right and just. The Stand Courageous men’s conference will inspire and help equip men to do just that, to stand up and get in the battle, to protect our families and strengthen our church communities.”

Conference details: Men are encouraged to bring their sons, fathers, brothers, and friends to the event. Check-in opens at 7 a.m. (conference begins at 8 a.m.). Individual registration is $69 until March 16; $99 after March 16. The group rate (10 or more) is $49 each. To get the group rate, call (800) 225-4008 (M-F, 8:30am-5:30 pm). Registration includes conference workbook, event lanyard, and lunch. For more information or to register, click here.