In Loving Memory of My Dear Friend, Steve Farrar

In Loving Memory: Steven James Farrar

Steve Farrar and I became friends back in the late 1990s. In fact, he and his family were charter members of Stonebriar Community Church, which we began in mid-October 1998. He quickly endeared himself to all of us. It was soon apparent to me that God had gifted him with leadership skills as well as a clear, biblical understanding of men—especially in their roles of husband, father, and leader in the home. It wasn’t long before he became involved in leading and mentoring a group of our men in Bible studies. What a pleasure it was to watch the Lord use him in meaningful ways with so many who needed his encouragement and strength of character!

Through the decades I have known and loved Steve deeply, always grateful to have him near to call on when I needed someone to step in and preach when unexpected events or a sudden sickness prevented me from doing so. He was always willing, always available, always ready to assist me, regardless of when I contacted him. And our congregation was equally ready and grateful to hear his messages from God’s Word. In addition to these areas of ministry, Steve became a dear friend, an affirming presence, and an understanding companion during the days when I needed someone with those valuable qualities.

May our Lord give extra strength and support to Steve’s lovely wife Mary, their three adult children Rachel, John, and Josh, and their grandchildren while the Farrar family leans on Him and draws close together during these tender days of sadness and grief.

All of us who knew and loved Steve are sure of these two realities. First, he is safe and secure in his heavenly home because of his absolute trust in Christ as his Savior . . . and second, his eternal rewards will be many because of his consistent walk with Christ while he lived among us.

Greatly missing my friend,

Chuck Swindoll
Pastor Chuck Swindoll

A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. CST on March 6 at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.

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  • Chuck Swindoll is the founding pastor of Stonebriar Community Church. His desire is to establish the church with a solid biblical foundation based on the faithful exposition of the Word of God. His vision includes the importance of corporate worship and an emphasis on small-group ministries that provide encouragement and accountability in the body. His missionary passion is to train men and women for ministry worldwide while meeting the spiritual needs of the local community.

    Chuck currently also serves as Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary and is the Bible teacher of the worldwide radio ministry, “Insight for Living,” and has published numerous books dealing with all aspects of Christian life. He served as senior pastor of a Fullerton, California, church for 23 years prior to moving back to Texas.