His articles and columns appear at The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, American Thinker, and numerous other places on the web. His work has also been published in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, The Jewish Press, The Cold War Times, The Richard Nixon Foundation, History News Network, as well as various publications and periodicals related to Christian ministry.
Though his writings and commentary are clearly from a distinctive conservative position, even those who don’t agree with David enjoy his work. Fox News contributor, Bob Beckel, says: “Here’s a preacher who can range from ancient history, to political history, to current events with ease.” And Rick Shenkman, journalist, producer, and NY Times best-selling author observes: “Agree or disagree with him. But you’ll never walk away from an encounter with David Stokes without feeling the better for it. His erudite writings and civil tongue are a model the rest of us should hope to emulate.”
His first book, THE SHOOTING SALVATIONIST: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America (Steerforth Press/Random House–Foreword by Bob Schieffer of CBS News), is a narrative non-fiction, true crime thriller set in the 1920s. BOOKLIST, in a starred review, says: “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.”
His first novel, CAMELOT’S COUSIN, came out in September of 2012. Read an interesting synopsis/review of the book HERE.
A minister for more than 35 years, Reverend Stokes has, since 1998, served as Senior Pastor of Fair Oaks Church in Fairfax, VA, a non-denominational congregation of 2,200—with more than 30 nations represented in its membership. Prior to this, he led churches in New York, Illinois, and Texas.
David first began working in radio during college days in the mid-1970s. He has had his own national XM satellite radio talk show and is a regular guest-host for talk shows in across the country (Washington, DC, New York, Columbus, OH, Seattle, WA, etc.). His weekly radio commentary, “BELTWAY BLOG,” is heard in Washington, DC and across North America on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas says: “Dave Stokes says different things in different ways that sets him apart from many talk show hosts. Unpredictable, profound, and with spiritual depth, he’s worth listening to.”
Along with his early ministry education in theology and divinity, he holds degrees in history and political science (M.A. Long Island University).
David has been married to his wife Karen for more than 36 years and they have three married daughters and seven wonderful grandchildren. They live in Fairfax, Virginia.