Jeff Kemp to lead marriage seminar at First Baptist Church

by W. Winston Skinner

Jeff Kemp proved his prowess on the gridiron as an NFL quarterback, but now he spends his time sharing insights about how to have a successful and fulfilling marriage.

Kemp, 55, former quarterback with the Los Angeles Rams, will be leading “Adventures in Marriage,” a marriage enrichment weekend on Sept. 12-13 at First Baptist Church of Newnan.

Kemp is now vice president and HomeBuilder catalyst with Family Life, a ministry with headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.

He is also the son of the late Jack Kemp, a collegiate and professional football player who later had a career in politics.

“Adventures in Marriage” will begin Sept. 12 from 6-7 p.m. with a couples dinner at First Baptist, following by a session at the FBC Warehouse.

The Sept. 13 schedule includes breakfast at 8:30, separate meetings for men and women from 9-11 a.m. and a couples session on “The Art of Marriage” from 11-11:45 a.m. at the Warehouse.

Cost for the seminar is $25 per couple and $15 per individual. Online registration is available at Childcare is also available if arrangements are made in advance with Brenda Clifton, minister to children and families at First Baptist, at

“Do you take your car in for a checkup every once in a while?” asked Jonnie Porter, prayer coordinator at First Baptist. “Isn’t your marriage more important?”

Jeff Kemp is dedicated to strengthening families and strengthening teams – and passionate about advancing collaboration to support marriages, families and children.

He has been with Family Life since 2012. Family Life has a national ministry focus with marriage conferences, radio outreach and resources to heal and strengthen families.

Kemp founded and led Stronger Families in the Pacific Northwest from 1993-2010. Stronger Families united communities around strengthening marriages and today assists military and high-stress couples in protecting their marriages.

Jack and Jeff were the first of only six sets of father/son NFL quarterbacks. As he speaks and trains throughout the United States, Jeff Kemp passes on dynamic lessons learned during 11 years in the world of professional athletics.

Kemp received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and a masters of business administration degree with honors from Pepperdine University. He entered the NFL as a free-agent in 1981 and played 11 seasons with the Rams, the San Francisco Forty-Niners, the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.

His best seasons were in 1984 when he quarterbacked the Rams and led them to the playoffs and in 1986, when he threw 11 touchdowns for the 49ers in six games. He served on the executive committee of Pro Athletes Outreach, which trains professional athletes to be responsible role models and leaders.

Kemp lives in Little Rock with his wife, Stacy. They have four sons – Kyle, Kory, Kolby and Keegan– and two daughters-in-law. Jeff Kemp has coached youth various youth sports, especially football, for nearly 20 years.

Jack Kemp died of cancer in 2009. After his football career, he served in Congress representing western New York for nine terms. He was Housing Secretary during the George H. W. Bush administration.

Jack Kemp sought the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. In 1996, he was Bob Dole’s vice presidential running mate.

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