glenn t. stanton

First thing you must know, Glenn is privileged to have been the husband of Jacqueline Kay Barnes for the past 33 years and the father to five crazy and endlessly growing children.

Beyond this,  he  has worked for the past 23 years as a full-time researcher and sought-after writer, speaker and contributing founder of the growing movement to recover marriage as a social resource in improving the well-being of children, women, men and communities. He greatly enjoys serving as the Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, an international organization working to build thriving families around the globe. He is also a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada in Ottawa.

Glenn debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the country. He served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program. Glenn is a contributor to Focus on the Family’s Boundless blog,  National Review Online’s The Corner, as well as Christianity TodayFirst Things, The National Catholic Register, The Federalist and the Gospel Coalition

He is the author of seven books and a contributor to 9 or so others. He has two brand new books out. The Family Project (Tyndale, 2014), co-authored with Leon Wirth, serves as a practical Christian worldview on marriage, family, and sexuality. This book is a companion to the larger 12-part DVD small group curriculum from Focus on the Family by the same name that he also co-wrote with Leon Wirth. Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor (Moody, 2014) is a very practical look at how Christians can befriend their LGBT neighbors, co-workers, family members and those they sit next to at church in meaningful ways without having to give up our convictions.

His others are The Ring Makes All the Difference (Moody, 2011), a researched-based guide in understanding how marriage and cohabitation are very different kinds of foundations upon which to build healthy, thriving relationships and Secure Daughters Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Feminity (Multnomah, 2011), which explores how mothers and fathers uniquely raise girls and boys to be strong, healthy women and men. 

His others are Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society (1997) and My Crazy, Imperfect Christian Family (NavPress, 2004) and Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting (InterVarsity Press, 2004) which was featured on C-SPAN BookTV.

He is also the co-author of the wide theatrically released and acclaimed film Irreplaceable.

The Stanton family lives in the majestic shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO.

Curriculum Vitae


10/06 – Present: Director, Family Formation Studies, Strategic Development, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Co

12/05 – Present: Research Fellow, Institut du Mariage et de la Famille Canada, Ottawa Ontario

5/01-10/06: Director of Social Research and Cultural Affairs, Senior Research Analyst for Marriage and Sexuality, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO

5/00-5/01:  Executive Family Editor,, Hayward, CA

11/97-5/00:  President and Executive Director of Palmetto Family Council, Columbia, SC

6/93-11/97:  Social Research Analyst for Marriage and Family Studies, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO.


B.A. Humanities Interdisciplinary,  emphasis in Philosophy, Communication Arts and Religion from the University of West Florida, 1991.

M.A. Humanities Interdisciplinary w/ Honors, emphasis in Philosophy, History and Religion, University of West Florida, 1992.

Master’s Thesis:  “The Intellectual Impetus of the Religious Right: An Expository Analysis.”

Published Writings


Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth (Moody, 2014)

The Family Project: How God’s Design Reveals His Best for You (Tyndale, 2014) (with Leon Wirth)

The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage (Moody, 2011)

Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity (Multnomah, 2011)

Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting (InterVarsity Press, 2004) (with Dr. Bill Maier)

My Crazy Imperfect Christian Family: Living Out Your Faith With Those Who Know You Best (NavPress, 2004)

Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society (NavPress, 1997).

Book Contributions

Why Family Matters: A Modern Look at an Ancient Truth (Focus on the Family, 2013)

Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty (Heritage Foundation, 2010), 25-30. Contributed (w/ Jim Daly) chapter, “Free Exchange: Morality and Economic Freedom.”

Current Controversies: Issues in Adoption, edited by Christina Fisanick, (Gale Learning, 2009), 146-154. Contributed chapter, “Gay Men and Lesbians Should Not Be Allowed to Adopt Children.”

Freedom: Twelve Lives Transformed by the Theology of the Body, edited by Matthew Pinto, (Ascension Press, 2009), 67-82. Contributed chapter, “What’s So Funny ‘bout Peace, Love and Embodiment?”

Represented American Speeches 2007-2008, edited by Brian Boucher, (The Reference Shelf, vol. 80, 2008), 148-154. Contributed chapter, “The Human Case Against Same-Sex Marriage.”

Controversial Issues in Social Policy, edited by Howard Jacob Karger, et al., (Pearson Education, 2007), 97-109. Contributed chapter, “Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legalized? No.”

Toward an Evangelical Public Policy: Political Strategies for the Health of the Nation, edited by Ronald Sider and Diane Knippers, (Baker Book House, 2005), 245-264. Contributed (w/ Tom Minnery) chapter “Family Integrity.”

Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate, edited by Robert Baird and Stuart Rosenbaum, (Promtheus Press, 2004), 69-79. Contributed chapter “How Good is Goodridge? An Analysis of Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health.”

The Little Big Book for Dads, edited by Lena Tabori and Hiro Clark Wakabayshi, (Welcome Publishing, 2001), 156-157. Contributed “The Wonder of Being Dad…Again.”

The Fatherhood Movement: A Call To Action edited by Wade Horn, David Blankenhorn and Mitchell Pearlstein, (Lexington Books, 1999), 147-160. Contributed concluding chapter: “Core of the Universe: A Metaphysic for Fathering”

Film/Video Contributions

Co-author: Irreplaceable, Pine Creek Entertainment

Co-author, The Family Project, Focus on the Family

Regular Contributor

Boundless. A young adult’s blog on relationships by Focus on the Family.

National Review Online’s The Corner. A blog commenting on current social and political developments.

First Person, Baptist Press. A forum of the Southern Baptist Convention on current issues of faith and culture.

Christianity Regular posts on items related to the intersection of faith, culture and family.