Founding Story

“ Fatherhood is the most important job a man can ever have. It is not a sprint; it is the journey of a lifetime. It is the greatest journey a man can take because on it, we will discover the man we were meant to be.”



The Fellowship of Fathers Foundation (FoFF) was founded in 2011 by the Honourable Gregory Slayton, along with his beloved wife, Marina, to help strengthen fatherhood, families, and faith in the United States and around the world.

Growing up without a natural father, Mr. Slayton is keenly aware of the impact fatherhood has in a family and society. For over 30 years, Mr. Slayton delved into the study of fatherhood practices on five different continents while raising a young family of four children with his wife. The Slaytons had a deep sense of conviction that fatherhood, family and faith are the 3 most important pillars of a civil society, and hence, the Foundation was established.

Mr. Slayton serves as the Chairman of the Foundation and devotes much of his time to the work on a pro-bono basis. He is currently the Managing Director of Slayton Capital.

From 2005 through 2009, Mr. Slayton was the US Chief of Mission to Bermuda under President George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For his service, Mr. Slayton received the Distinguished Foreign Service Award jointly from members of the Congressional Black Caucus and House/Senate Republican Leadership. It is notable that Mr. Slayton is the only Republican diplomat in history to be given the DFSA from these organizations jointly.

Why we do what we do

The Importance of Fathers in Families

Fatherhood Today Magazine: 50M Dads Report Needing Help

  • Today there are approx 80M men in the US and Canada who are fathers or will be fathers in the next 5 years.
  • Over 80% of US dads feel they need help on Fatherhood issues; 75% of those do not know where to get quality fatherhood help.
  • There are dozens of fine US organizations (mostly very small non-profits) working in this area today, but most are local (such as churches) or strictly policy based.
  • None, by themselves, is big enough or connected enough to ‘move the cultural needle’ on fatherhood – or even get close – in the face of the cultural forces pushing in the other direction.
  • There is no over-arching cooperative strategy that might allow these organizations to multiply their impact through coordinated action.
Respect for Fatherhood in our Culture
  • Respect for Fatherhood and the percentage of men who are actively involved Dads has declined steadily in the US over the past 50 years.
  • Our society now constantly celebrates the rich, the powerful, the famous and the infamous… but never good fathers.
  • Much of popular media minimizes or actively puts down Fatherhood (for example, the preponderance of “Doofus Dads” on TV these days).
  • The importance of fathers, even the need for fathers, is now openly called into question in certain American sub-cultures.
  • As a direct result, many men now choose to skip fatherhood altogether, either by not marrying, not having kids or not parenting their kids.
  • As a direct result of that, over half of the American children born today will live some or most of their lives as minors without their fathers.
  • As a direct result of that, America is quickly becoming a two tier society, with over 1/3 of our children consigned to almost 3rd world status in terms of mental and physical health, academic attainment, and income.
The Social Decline of Strong Parenting
  • Less than 20% of American households are now made up of biological parents and their children, down from 52% in 1960.

    • 41% of US births in 2010 were out of wedlock (In 1940 that number was 3.8%).
    • The percentage of children born to unmarried moms has more than doubled for each major racial group since 1960. Over 70% of African American kids will be born out of wedlock this year.
    • Children born out of wedlock in the US are two to three times more likely:
      • To be convicted of a felony
      • To suffer from severe emotional illness
      • To have children out of wedlock
      • To fail to graduate from High School
      • To ever hold down a long-term job
      • To live in poverty
      • To die a violent death
      • To be functionally illiterate
      • The list goes on and on…

Fellowship of fathers foundation

Board of Directors 

Chairman / The Honorable Gregory W. Slayton

Ms. Ingrid Hill / Ms. Marina Slayton / Ms. Nelly Sutjiadi / Mr. Clifton Coufal, JD / Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds /
Pastor Joe Cortale / Mr. Kevin Bryant / Mr. Roger Pilc

Fellowship of fathers foundation

Board of Advisors

Chairman / Mr. John Murphy

Mr. Arthur Armstrong / Mr. Hans Helmerich / Mr. Ken & Mrs. Shirley Churchill / Mr. Justin Ren / Mr. Marc Belton / Ms. Margie Franks / Mr. Mark Ma / Mr. Price Roe / Mr. Robert Sullivan / Mr. Sanjay Poonen / Mr. Tony Cheong

Join us in Helping Families

The Fellowship of Fathers Foundation exists to help any and every dad who wants to be the very best father he can be. We are a US 501(c)3 organization, please consider joining us in this most important work with a tax deductible gift to:

Fellowship of Fathers Foundation
PO Box 12621
Dallas, Tx 75225

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