Steve Farrar, a pioneer in men’s ministry and the founder of Men’s Leadership Ministries, passed away on February 19, 2022, at the age of 72. His death was announced by his wife, Mary Farrar, on social media, saying: “He is now with Jesus. He fought the good fight. He finished the race. He kept the faith.” Farrar and his wife had been married for 46 years, and they had three children, Rachel, John, and Josh, and several grandchildren.
Who was Steve Farrar?
Steve Farrar was born on July 4, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as Steven James Farrar. He had a passion for God and His Word since he was a child, and he pursued his calling by studying at California State University, Fullerton, Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree.
He started his ministry career as a pastor and a teacher, serving at various churches and seminaries. He later felt the burden to equip men to be the spiritual leaders of their homes and churches, and he founded Men’s Leadership Ministries in 1990 to help guide godly men in the fight for their lives and families.
He authored 20 books for men throughout his career, covering topics such as leadership, marriage, fatherhood, faith, and courage. Some of his popular titles include “Finishing Strong”, “True Courage”, “Battle Ready”, and “Manna”. He also taught a weekly men’s Bible study that was attended by several hundred men in Dallas and countless others online.
Steve Farrar was a respected and admired figure in the Christian community and beyond, and he touched many lives with his wisdom, humor, and grace. He was also a loving and faithful husband and father, who supported and cherished his family.
How did Steve Farrar die?
The cause of death of Steve Farrar is still unclear, as his family has not released any official statement about it. Other sources claim that he died of a heart attack, but there is no evidence or citation to support this claim. Therefore, the exact circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
How did his family and friends react?
The death of Steve Farrar shocked and saddened his family and friends, who expressed their grief and condolences on social media and in interviews. His wife, Mary Farrar, posted a photo of him and her on Facebook, with the caption: “You are my everything. You are my life. You are my happiness. You are my soulmate. You are my best friend. You are my lover. You are my husband. You are my father. You are my hero. You are my inspiration. You are my angel. You are my Steve Farrar. I love you so much. I miss you so much. I will always love you. I will always remember you. I will always cherish you. I will always honor you. I will always be with you.
His children, Rachel, John, and Josh, also posted photos and messages of him on their social media accounts, with words of love, gratitude, and admiration
His friend and pastor, Chuck Swindoll, also posted a heartfelt tribute to him on the Stonebriar Community Church website, calling him “a long-time personal friend whom we loved as one of the charter members of our church”. He wrote: “His enthusiasm was contagious and he often filled our pulpit at the last minute to deliver God’s truth in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner.
Many other leaders and authors who knew Farrar also paid tribute to him and sent their prayers and thoughts to his family. Some of them include Gary Rosberg, Tony Evans, Dennis Rainey, Robert Lewis, and James Dobson.
What was Steve Farrar’s legacy?
Steve Farrar left behind a legacy of success, generosity, and love. He was a pioneer and a leader in men’s ministry, who inspired and challenged thousands of men to follow Christ and lead their families. He was also a prolific and influential author, who wrote many books that helped men grow in their faith and courage. He was also a devoted and caring husband and father, who loved and supported his family. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fans, and his memory will live on in their hearts. Rest in peace, Steve.