Hello!  I’m Todd.

[… and that’s my awesome wife, Kellie.]

This page is kind of the “get to know ya” page for me.

In a nutshell, I’m just a regular guy who happens to love seeing a transformation in people. I have a passion for helping everyday people like YOU, transform their lives through small, simple steps.
For more than 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of being involved with helping lots of people answer the question …
How?   I write books and this blog, I coach leaders, and I speak on a podcast and at conferences.   I have a passion for exploring truth and applying that truth to everyday situations!
[Click Here for my speaking one-sheet]
Also, I’d love to have you follow along so that your life (and the lives of those around you) can go to the next level.
If you want to join our journey and receive my free ebook,
5 keys to a balanced life
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Here’s the official record of ME:

MY PERSONAL MISSION is to honor God by adding value and leadership to the lives of people around me. Through creative communication and innovative resourcing, I will help facilitate positive life change in my personal relationships and throughout the world.”

– Todd Stocker


Along with my popular book, “Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose,” my personal development coaching has been used throughout America for more than a decade, helping churches, businesses, organizations, and non-profits maximize personal and professional excellence. My blog is followed by thousands, and I have won such honors as the “Rickman Award for Creative Communication” and “Best New Purpose-Driven Blogs” from several affiliates.

Todd mugI have the wonderful opportunity to speak to thousands of church and business leaders, community influencers, and university students each year, among others, teaching them how to experience a fulfilling life at home, work, community, and school. Humbly, I’m considered one of the leading experts in my field, and my audiences include American Express, US Airways, Hilton Hotels, Concordia University, Rotarians USA, Good Will International, as well as many religious and non-profit organizations.

Some of the topics to which Todd adds insight are:

  • Passion and Purpose
  • Stress Management and Balance
  • Spirituality and Personal Growth
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Career Planning and Development
  • Motivation and Time Management
  • Creativity for Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Performers
  • Finances and Budgeting

If you’d like to talk with me about having him speak for your organization or just to connect,


Sample Client List

What Others Say

Todd’s Top Posts:


Follow the Leader

Reading the Book on Alignment

Personal Development

How to Set Goals


The Disciples Journey

Please God, Help Her!

I’m Giving up, ‘Giving up’ for Lent

Out of the Ordinary

To My Buddy at Ulta

Why I want a Chameleon

39 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, I love your We Believe logo. Our youth group is doing a We Believe tour and are looking for a logo for our t-shirts. Would you allow us to use it? It would be printed on about 50 shirts.
    thanks for considering. Daryl Waldrop, FBC Hendersonville, NC

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  3. I remember when i first met Kenzie in 2003, she was dancing
    and the last time i saw her in 2006, she was dancing
    The next time i see her, I hope she’s still dancing

  4. Stocker Family – my name is Pam Balistreri and I was given your name by a friend of mine. You were recently a guest speaker at her church. I have just began sifting through your website here and will continue to read more in the days ahead. I was immediately struck by what you said in a brochure that I also received. You spoke about feeling hurt and joy, loss and fullness. I too have these emotions overcoming me all that the same time and it struck me to see these words written by someone else. On June 18 of this year my 11 year old son, Joey, was killed in a car accident and my husband suffered major injuries to his leg. We are in what still seems like a nightmare but yet there is so much comfort, love and support around us. It is like a dueling of emotions. I wasn’t sure how to best contact you, but I too find healing in writing (not speaking). I have our story on caring bridge if you wish to read it. http://www.caringbridge.org, click on visit, type in geoffbalistreri. Your daugher looks like a beautiful young lady-maybe our connection here will send a connection of their souls in heaven.

  5. Sometimes the Lord brings you to a point in life where it is unbearably hard. I thank the Holy Spirit for leading me across your page this afternoon. I am experiencing Psalm 24:3 and Prov 17:3. Your experience as a refiner has given me much hope that the Lord desires to see His reflection in me. Thank you for sharing your crucible experience, it undoubtedly encouraged me tremendously.

    God bless you,


  6. hi this is julieann me a kinzey danced together at RAFA we know each other but we dident hang out much im younger than she is im 12 about to be 13 we all miss her a lot.

  7. Dear Todd,
    The Peace of the Lord Jesus be with you, Kellie, and your whole family.
    I was greatly saddened to read about your loss in the January issue of Lutheran Witness which I received today. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to grieve Makenzie’s loss to you (for now) and as you eagerly await the joyful Day of Resurrection!
    You wrote a very touching and meaningful article. I can tell you and Kellie have done an excellent job in raising your children and teaching them what matters most- faith in our risen Savior, Jesus.
    Again His peace be with you. I will continue to remember you in my prayers.
    In Christ,
    Dan Welch
    Concordia Seminary Class of ’98

  8. Mr. Stocker and family,

    Makenzie was an amazing and inspiring girl. She was my best friend during 7th and 8th grade at Trinity Lutheran (AZ) and I am feel honored to have been friends with her. I look back and remember the good times we both had together at church, home, and school. My fondest memory is of playing volleyball, as we both cracked up laughing about almost everything. I am so glad that she was a part of my junior high memories.
    Please know that you are, and will continue in my prayers. As you have mentioned in your article, there is a reason for everything. This time, forward is the ultimate test of faith-but God is where comfort, peace, and joy can be found. She is definitely dancing in heaven!I will never forget her.

    Prayers and Blessings,

    Nicole Rizzo

  9. Hey Todd,

    Just read the article in the LW. Just wanted you and your family to know that you are in my prayers and I continue to pray for you and your ministry, as God leads you. God’s riches to you, brother.


    Bill Woolsey

  10. Dear Pastor Todd,

    I am a member at Gloria Dei and was while we were blessed to have your family with us. I always wanted to tell you and for numerous reason never got to say “Thank you”. I brought my husband (actually drug him kicking and screaming) to church about 3 years ago. All I heard was whining and the famous “If I do this will you finally be happy?” the whole drive there. So, as we sat in the pew something amazing happened. I watch Mike’s hardened disposition about church soften. He was listening and nodding his head in agreement to this man who was preaching! Praise God I thought. Someone had finally been able to reach him in a way that I couldn’t do. That someone was you. You helped my husband realize that church isn’t a bunch of big business hypocrites. Which is what he had thought for so many years. So, again thank you for letting his light shine through you in such a brilliant way. It may have seemed like the most routine sermon, but we both know God never works like that. You changed my husband and my family forever. You are forever in our hearts and our prayers. While we are sad that you and your family are not with us, we are joyous over God’s plans for you and the rest of the Stocker clan! May God continue to bless your journey through this life and the journey of you precious family. With much appreciation and love, Amy Hamlin

  11. Kellie-
    Thank you soo much for sharing this blog with me. I’m listening to the ceremony right now. I’m getting goosebumps as I listen to the worship songs. God’s grace truly is amazing. Thank you for genuinely displaying the faith and hope you have. I feel blessed to have met you and am looking forward to seeing you at the Y on a regular basis.

    It’s funny how God works, but I’m glad Annamarie was late that day, so I had the opportunity to talk to you 🙂

    You and your family are in my prayers.

    Grace and peace to you,
    Stacy (from the YMCA)

  12. Todd,

    I just read your article, “Storm Ready,” published in the October, 2009 issue of Cy-Fair Living. As the Father of three daughters, the youngest a Senior in High School, I was very moved. Your integrity and genuineness is inspiring. I appeciate how you shared your story and the way you encouraged us to be “storm ready.” Thank you.

    Ed Wandling

  13. Mr. and Mrs.Stocker- Thank you and by the way your blog helps me soo much, I love reading what you say, and I love reading the funny memories that you share! Luv ya too!

    your Nutcracker daughter,
    Leah H.

  14. I just read an article you wrote about your beautiful daughter, Makenzie, in the recent edition of Mansfield Living Magazine. Your faith has touched my heart and you and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your story as we all need to be reminded of God’s grace. You are an inspiration.

  15. Hey Stocker Family! Hope all is going well with Maddie being in middle school, Nathan being a big high schooler (im called that everyday), and you and kellie with the Big Move back to Minnesota. Everything that happened with Makenzie had a huge impact on mine and Rileys life. Before i didnt really like going to church and listening to pastor, but when i heard about this i really started to get into the whole “Christian life”.Nathan and i have talked about how this summer was really crazy. Literally 2 weeks before Makenzie’s death, i lost a classmate. He was a Korean student at trinity and he was one of my closest friends. I started to blame his death on me. I thought it was all my fault that he passed away, when really i had nothing to do with it. He had this heart condition that Nobody knew about. So it was really scary when he just collapsed at school. But his death and Makenzies brought me closer to God, and ive really thought long and hard that everything happens for a reason, and we cant blame ourselves… Or God. I think everynight about the old days at Trinity when i used to talk to Makenzie, and How she could just light up a room. She was definatly one of the people i will never forget. You Guys are a very close and strong family, and i know that you guys can and will get through anything God Throws at you. Hope Everything Goes well, and I Hope to keep in touch with you guys!

    Psalms 46:1-“God is our Refudge and Strenght and Ever-Present Help in Trouble”
    (My Confirmation Verse)

  16. Our family experienced the pain of seeing our oldest son Daniel departing from this earth, and at the same time the joy to know that he was immediately rejoicing holding hands with his Lord and friend Jesus.
    He was only 22 years old and died from a heart attack while we all were with some friends celebrating the first birthday of a precious girl.
    Each one of us, his father, two siblings and I, his mother, have processed his departure in a different way. I would like to share with you that personally, the first thing that I do in moments like that, is to give thanks to God, is to recognize that He is the Sovereign God of my life and that He knows how to love each one of us in his best way.
    After this He takes control and an immense peace fills my being and Jesus becomes my real strength; then, with each memory, each absence and continuous thoughts of Daniel, I have requested God they would be a reason of joy and not only of sadness and pain for his departure. So, I am happy for my son Daniel, because he is enjoying the presence of God, and for me, I dry my tears in the shower and in other moments I enjoy them, because I know they are the fruit of precious moments of love shared with him.
    I just wanted to share my heart with your family and praise God for his love and faithfulness.
    Saludos y bendiciones

  17. Dear Todd and Kellie,
    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you. Your family is one of faith in Christ and love for your family and friends.

    Dave and Lynn Hagerman

  18. Dear Todd and Family,

    Mom called me the other day and let me know of your loss. I spoke with Mike who found your wonderful blog and talked with Beck at lunch today. The discussion of the Stockers led us all on a trip down memory lane….

    I am sorry for your loss and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deb (Meyer)Pellettiere

  19. Stocker Family
    We are praying daily for all of you. Our hearts are hurting for you and all the pain that you are going through. McKenzie was just a wonderful example of God”s amazing work. She really touched my family with all her spirit and love for the Lord. We have all examined our relationships with our God. You all are such wonderful people. We really miss her. McKenzie had the best family a person could want.

    The Springer’s

  20. Hi mr. Stocker! This is lane! Just wondering how y’all are doing! Tell nathan and maddie that I said hey!

  21. Amazing how God touches lives…how He gets to us even through beautiful folks we really barely know–or didn’t even know at all…We were just getting acquainted with you all when you left Woodbury . We have viewed so many wonderful and touching tributes to your Kenzie…what an amazing and beautiful girl…I remember being absolutely mesmerized watching Kellie do sign language while singing praise songs in the Genisis room …leading OUR kids…obviously that beauty and expression of faith and love for our Lord was foremost in Mackenzie’s life too….my heart smiles at the knowledge that I will someday get to know her too. I pray that God continues to strengthen you through the love of all those around you–both near and far…I can’t really express what all is in my heart — I just want to tell you that God is very busy touching and inspiring so many of us through you and through Mackenzie

  22. We continue to lift you up in our prayers, especially today as it is a different kind of Father’s day for you, Todd. Your service for your daughter just showed Jesus’ love and grace over and over again. Thanks for making that public so we, who are so far away, could support your family too. Amy and Dave Littler

  23. Kellie & Todd, Nathan and Maddy,
    I too, am sorry for this trial in your life. I was able to watch the service on the net and I rejoice w/you in knowing that she is worshiping the Lord w/un-imaginable joy! Kellie, she looked just like you! You were the RA on the floor above me my freshman yr and I got to know you a tiny bit through Crusade.

    Because of Him,
    Susan (HEDIN) Tyler (crusade name mujahedin or muj) now married to Nancy Ammons older brother =)

  24. Todd & Kellie,

    Michele Cunningham just shared with me about the loss of Makenzie. Oh, my heart aches for you during this time. I have always wondered about you guys (Kellie, remember our bridal shower?). Neat to find out you are LCMS. I have ended up there myself. May God comfort you in ways you never dreamed. Prayers ascend.

    Sola Gratia,

    Katie (Osterman/Baker) Micilcavage

  25. Todd and family, Phil and I just heard. We are so very sorry to hear about Makenzie! Know that God and your Christian family are lifting you all up in prayer.

  26. Todd, We are lifting you and your beautiful family up in prayer here in Mesa and all of the other places that old friends live. I am so sorry for your family’s loss of your beautiful daughter and sister. My heart is aching for you, and I just wanted you to know I care.

  27. Hi Todd,

    I am Jan Schirtzinger (Christ Church Phoenix). How are
    your parents & Kathy & Lee doing with the storm & all the
    water? did they evacuate?

    Jan Schirtzinger

  28. wow that is a cute picture of u guys
    this is audrey from lsa 8th gradee
    im in your last period religion
    just saying hiii
    see you tommorow

  29. Congratulations on your newest project coming to fruition!

    It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your family. I look forward to working with you this year at Lutheran South Academy.

    Blessings, Margaret Aaron

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