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Jack Frost: He Knew the Warmth of the Father’s Embrace
The charismatic Bible teacher helped thousands of people overcome legalism, rejection and shame.
People joked about his name, but there was nothing cold about Jack Frost. Though his fans loved his teachings, what they remember most about him was his warm hug.
Whenever the popular charismatic Bible teacher would finish his lengthy sermons he always invited people to the altar to receive what he called “a baptism of the Father’s love.” He and other members of his ministry team would face the audience, and seekers would form lines to receive a lengthy embrace.
Worshippers would linger in the church for hours to “soak” in God’s presence after listening to Jack’s message.
“Jack’s passion was to help Christians renounce distorted views of God so they could know His intimacy and affection.”
Men hugged men and women hugged women while a worship team played soft music in the background. There was nothing sexual about these moments. It was as if the love of God became tangible. Sometimes grown men in their 60s would sob like babies while Jack wrapped his burly arms around them.
I am glad I was one of the people who got a hug from Jack before he died prematurely this week at the age of 54—after a tough battle with cancer. He leaves behind a rich spiritual legacy, recorded in his books and deposited in the many people he trained at Shiloh Place, his ministry base in South Carolina.
“Everywhere he preached, the altars were full of people who didn’t get the love they needed growing up,” says Houston Miles, founder of Evangel Fellowship International, a network of congregations based in Spartanburg, S.C. Jack served on the pastoral staff of Miles’ church before launching his own traveling ministry in 1993.
“He was like a son to me,” Miles told me just hours before preaching at Jack’s funeral in Conway, S.C. “He accomplished more in 10 years than most people accomplish in a lifetime.”
Jack’s message was as simple as it was profound. He used his own life experiences—including his failures and weaknesses—to show people that God’s unconditional love can heal the effects of neglect, abuse, abandonment, shame and rejection. As a practical theologian and as a counselor, he understood the human heart and its deepest need for acceptance and approval.
Guys found it easy to relate to Jack, a rugged man’s man who spent years of his life sailing boats off the Southeast U.S. coast (and earning the title of  Top Hook). He openly talked about his dysfunctional relationship with his own performance-oriented father—and how that struggle caused him to view God as distant, strict and legalistic.
Jack’s passion was to help Christians renounce distorted views of God so they could know His intimacy and affection. In his first book, Experiencing the Father’s Embrace, he even used scientific research to prove that human beings need love in order to thrive. “Scientists have actually proven that humans are four to seven times more likely to succumb to sickness if they do not have a normal dose of nurturing love,” he wrote.
Jack decided in 1993 that he would begin dispensing that divine love in megadoses. He did this in conferences and training seminars for more than 15 years before he lapsed into a coma on March 4. He created Shiloh Place as a haven for burned-out ministers and anyone else who needed emotional healing.
In the summer of 2001 I traveled with Jack to Toronto on a ministry trip—mainly to help him outline his first book. After listening to him for five days, his teachings on the Father’s love saturated my soul and became a part of my own life message. In fact, there have been times when I have modeled my own ministry after Jack’s and have asked people to come to the altar for a healing embrace—especially men who never knew the approval of their own dads.
Just last week I held a young Chinese man in my arms at the altar of a church in Singapore. After I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the depth of God’s love to him, I pulled back and realized that the whole right side of my shirt was wet with tears.
I thought of Jack Frost and how he taught me that the love of God is not just a doctrine or a philosophy. It is a tangible commodity that flows from the Holy Spirit through His people to those who are starving to know they have worth and value.

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma. You can find out more about Jack Frost’s ministry at Jack’s funeral was held on Wed., March 7, at Christ Community Church in Conway, S.C.

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