In the latest episode of the The Dad Central Show we’re honoured to host John J. Smithbaker for a powerful conversation about healing the wounds of fatherlessness that come from father abandonment, divorce and neglect.  John J. Smithbaker is an author, speaker and founder of Fathers in the Field. 

John shared his personal experiences growing up without a father and the profound impact it had on his life. He spoke candidly about the emptiness and longing that arise when the roles of pastor, provider, and protector are left unfilled by a father. In the episode, John highlights the significance of being present in the home as a father, emphasizing that this presence plays a crucial role in fulfilling those essential roles.

He also delved into the topic of forgiveness, sharing his own journey towards forgiveness and transformation. John addressed the commandment to forgive and the consequences of harboring unforgiveness, highlighting the importance of forgiveness in healing father wounds.

Throughout the conversation, the importance of masculinity was stressed, with John passionately emphasizing that masculinity is a gift to the world, women, children, and the community. He urged men to not buy into the lies that seek to destroy masculinity, and instead, to live for Christ and excel in sharing the truth.

We encourage you to check out this inspiring episode. You can also find John Smithbaker’s book, “Man Enough to Forgive,” at

About John J. Smithbaker:

John J. Smithbaker is an author, speaker and founder of Fathers in the Field. His passion and focus are to help men recapture their divinely assigned roles of Pastor, Provider and Protector in the home, as well as in the Church.

As an experienced businessman, ministry leader, and gifted communicator, Smithbaker combines his personal experience and straight-forward style to connect and speak with men held back from becoming the man God designed who suffers through the brokenness, pain and anger of being left behind. For more information, visit

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