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August 24, 2013

Roy Abbott

FULTON, Ill. — Roy Abbott said helping people through his ministry and conferences brings him joy.

“I’ve had the priveledge of watching God change men and women,” Roy said.

A Fulton High School graduate, the 53-year-old has lived in the area all of his life. He and his wife of 33 years, Kim, have three children and two grandchildren. In 1994, he first felt a calling by God to minister others.

“It was a time in our marriage when, I guess for all intents and purposes, it was almost over,” Roy said.

He attended a men’s conference in Boulder, Colo., which changed his life and saved his marriage.

“It helped me to understand what the Bible teaches and has to say about Godly manhood; about being a man of God; about being a Godly husband and father and leader in our home,” Roy said.

After he was laid off from Commonwealth Edison in 2000, he prepared to launch Focal Point Ministries, a multi-denominational ministry that provides support to area churches. The ministry officially began in 2006.

“I coach churches in how to reach and teach and minister to men and develop leaders,” Roy said.

Roy has held 23 “Iron Sharpens Iron” conferences in the last seven years, with a total of 13,000 men attending. The title comes from Proverbs 27:17, which reads, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” At each one-day conference, Roy has seen changes in those attending.

“Every man that comes in the doors, comes in with some issue or struggle, or something they’re dealing with in life,” Roy said. “And as they experience the conference; as they hear speakers; as God moves on their heart, I’ve seen men come to Christ for the first time. I’ve seen guys release things in their lives that they’ve been hanging on to that has been hurtful in their lives or to others.”

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