Former Army Ranger speaking at one-day seminar at FBC Greenville


GREENVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A former U.S. Army Ranger who fought in a key battle that was later turned into a movie will be the guest speaker at First Baptist Church in Greenville in a one-day seminar on biblical manhood next weekend.

Maj. Jeff Strucker is a decorated member of the U.S. Army’s elite fighting corps whose experiences in Mogadishu, Somalia, was the basis for the New York Times best-selling book and major motion picture “Black Hawk Down.” In 13 years of active duty, he also fought in Operation Just Case in Panama and Operation Iris Gold in Kuwait.

Since becoming an Army chaplain, he has done multiple tours in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He has written a book, Road to Unafraid, that details some of his harrowing tales and how they faced their own fears with a strong faith in God.

Struecker, an inspirational leader and speaker, told his charges in Magadishu: “The difference between being a coward and a hero is not whether you’re scared, it’s what you do while you’re scared.”

“Major Struecker has a heart for the church, especially men’s ministry, and it is made evident as he shares his personal testimony while communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Smith said.

The seminar, “Lace Up and Lead,” will be Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church starting with registration at 8:30 and finishing up at 2 p.m. It is open to anyone, said Smith, who organized the men’s ministry event. Cost for the seminar is $10, which covers lunch and the expenses for the conference.

“In a day and time when the definitions and lines of masculinity are constantly being blurred by society, we feel a deep yearning that the church needs me to rise up in the name of Jesus Christ and lead now more than ever,” Smith wrote in a letter to pastors.

The key verse for the conference is Philippians 3:14: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Smith said they are expecting it to be a “special day for this one-day event where Jesus Christ will be exalted and tailored especially for men.”

If you’d like to learn more about Maj. Struecker, visit

Call the church office at FBC Greenville at (270) 338-3453 or email for more information about the event.


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