Bio

Stephen’s Short Bio

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times best-selling author and a popular speaker who also leads a media training firm based in Washington DC.

He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, a bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award-winning film “W.” Mansfield’s The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston ChurchillPope Benedict XVI , and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, Killing Jesus, as “masterful.”

Stephen’s humorous but fiery Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. His more recent The Miracle of the Kurds has been selected as “Book of the Year” by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service. As a result of this book, Mansfield has become a leading voice in support of the Kurds against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East. In early 2016, he released a book often lauded for its timeliness and insight: Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity From Our Presidential Candidates.

Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, faith, the lessons of history, and the forces that shape modern culture. He also leads a media training firm, The Mansfield Group, that has worked with top politicians, CEOs, rock stars, major publishing firms, and educational institutions around the world.

Mansfield lives in Nashville and the nation’s capital with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.

Stephen’s Long Bio

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times best-selling author and a popular speaker who also leads a media training firm based in Washington DC.

He grew up largely in Europe due to his father’s career as an officer in the U. S. Army. After a youth filled with sports, travel, and mischief, he attended college in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy. For the next decade he lived in Texas where he completed two master’s degrees, hosted a radio program, and began acquiring a reputation as a speaker of both depth and humor.

In 1991, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to join the leadership team of one of the nation’s top mega-churches. He quickly became the senior leader of that church and continued in this role for eleven years. During that time he earned a doctorate, worked among the Kurds of Kurdistan, and advised numerous national leaders.

In these years he also launched the writing career for which he has become internationally known. His first book, on Winston Churchill, was a Gold Medallion Award Finalist. He also wrote widely acclaimed biographies of Booker T. Washington and George Whitefield, as well as a number of other highly regarded books about history and leadership. In 1997, the governor of Tennessee commissioned Mansfield to write the official history of religion in Tennessee for that state’s bicentennial.

In 2002, Stephen decided to give himself fully to writing, speaking, and training leaders. Not long after, he wrote The Faith Of George W. Bush, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list twice and won numerous national awards. The book was a source for Oliver Stone’s acclaimed film, W, which chronicled Bush’s rise to the presidency.

This international bestseller led to a string of influential books over the following decade. Stephen wrote The Faith Of The American Soldier after he was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq in 2005. He also wrote about the ascent of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the papacy in Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission. His book The Faith Of Barack Obama was another international bestseller and captured broad media attention both in the U.S. and around the world during the presidential race of 2008.

Eager to challenge American corporations to greater social good, Stephen wrote The Search For God And Guinness in 2009, which instantly placed him in demand as a speaker to business leaders. Since then he has continued his literary success with books about figures as diverse as Abraham Lincoln and Oprah Winfrey. His book, Killing Jesus, is such a gritty, powerfully written retelling of the death of Jesus Christ that Publisher’s Weekly called it “masterful.”

In 2013, Mansfields Book of Manly Men—Stephen’s humorous but fiery call for men to become “Great Men”—became an inspiration for men’s events around the world. In an interview about this phenomenon, Stephen said, “This is more than just a book for me. It is a cause I hope to serve the rest of my life. If I can stir men to character, responsibility, and the sheer joy of being men—all while leading them to celebrate the achievements of women and stand guard over the next generation—I will consider it the great privilege of my days on earth.”

Mansfield’s book, The Miracle of the Kurds, is a timely introduction to the Kurdish people that reached bookstores just as Kurdish troops began standing heroically against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East. The book has been named “Book of the Year” by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service.

More recently, Mansfield has released Ask The Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity From Our Presidential Candidates. This book comes just as the 2016 presidential race is permeated by deeply religious themes and tensions.

In the last decade, Stephen’s popularity as a speaker has begun to match his reputation as an author. He speaks widely about men, leadership, faith, the power of heritage, and the skills required to shape modern culture. His speeches are rich in history and infused with a rowdy brand of humor. He has spoken at schools like Harvard and the United States Military Academy, for many of America’s leading corporations, and at gatherings of executive leaders around the world.

Out of Mansfield’s experience as an international speaker has come his devotion to training others in the art of public speaking. His media training firm, The Mansfield Group, which is based in Washington DC, works with speakers of every kind to help them become the best communicators possible. The firm has worked with top politicians, CEOs, rock stars, major publishing firms, and educational institutions around the world.

Mansfield lives in Nashville and the nation’s capital with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.