THOUGH CREATING COMPELLING COPY has always been a part of his work as a minister and broadcaster, it wasn’t until David R. Stokes moved into his fifties that he got serious about writing books. Since then, he has written several highly regarded works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as two screenplays.
He has also published several books based on his own sermons. And he has helped many pastors do the same.
His first book, THE SHOOTING SALVATIONIST: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America (Steerforth/Penguin/Random House, 2011), a narrative non-fiction thriller set in the 1920s, quickly became a Wall Street Journal best-seller. BOOKLIST, in a starred review, said: “The book is engagingly written, in an immediate, you-are-there style, and the story is as compelling and surprising as any Grisham thriller. Top of the line.”
This book has recently been revised, enhanced (30,000 words of bonus material), and re-released as MENACE IN THE MEGACHURCH: Politics, Arson, Perjury, the KKK, and Murder.
His next book was an espionage novel. CAMELOT’S COUSIN: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy now has more than 300 enthusiastic Amazon customer reviews. David has also written a screenplay adaptation, and the story has been optioned in Hollywood by actor Blair Underwood.
Two of his books are “based on a true story” novels. JACK & DICK: When Kennedy Met Nixon describes the very first Kennedy-Nixon debate which took place in 1947, thirteen years before the two men ran against each other for the presidency in 1960. David brings this long-overlooked story to life and recreates a fascinating conversation between the two future presidents that took place on an over-night train ride back to Washington, DC. He has also written a screenplay based on this fascinating story.
JAKE & CLARA: Scandal, Politics, Hollywood, and Murder, is a dramatized, but factual account of a fascinating story that captivated American in 1921. A wealthy oil man who bankrolled much of Warren Harding’s successful run for the White House, was shot and killed by his mistress before Harding could reward him with high office.
David’s flair for historical detail and accuracy evident in both his nonfiction and fiction reflects his life long passion for stories from the past. Most of the books in his personal library of more than 7,000 volumes deal with international, political, and military history.
He has hosted his own national XM satellite radio talk show and is a regular guest-host for talk shows in across the country. Over the years he has interviewed hundreds of political leaders, authors, media personalities, historians, and business leaders. In addition, he has done voice over work, including projects for a Smithsonian affiliate as well as a Presidential Library. Political commentator Bob Beckel says: “Here’s a preacher who can range from ancient history, to political history, to current events with ease.”
David delivers lectures about history, current events, sports, and writing a few times each year on cruise ships (Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, etc.) as part of his platform/speaking work.
An ordained minister for more than 40 years, he has led congregations in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and New York. David served as Senior Pastor of Expectation Church in Fairfax, Virginia from 1998 until his retirement in January 2019. He now focuses on writing and speaking full-time.
Along with his early college degrees in ministry and theology, David earned a Bachelor's degree in history (Excelsior College--State University of New York), as well has a Master's degree in Political Science (Long Island University – C.W. Post College).
David has been married to his wife Karen for more than 43 years, and they have three wonderful daughters and seven incredible grandchildren.
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