Men of Brookwood Connecting Point

Men of Brookwood Connecting Point


Join us in welcoming recording artist Jim Sonefeld. Come hungry as the Holy Smokers feed us well! This gathering is for men, 15 and older, who are interested in growing in their walk with God. You belong here.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 6:30–8:30 pm in the Main Auditorium.
  • For men, 15 and older. Young men under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost is $7 per person and includes dinner.
  • Register online or in the Bookstore by Sunday, May 14.
  • Childcare is not available.

Guest artist: Jim Sonefeld
Hootie & the Blowfish drummer, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld dreamt more of being a professional soccer player than a successful musician. However with the unsuspected success of the band’s 1994 debut release, Cracked Rear View on Atlantic Records, he and his bandmates found themselves traveling the world to support what would become the 16th best-selling album of all time in the United States.

The first single, “Hold My Hand,” a tune Sonefeld brought to the band early on, helped to springboard Hootie & the Blowfish into its great success, and likewise showcases his songwriting ability. In the years to follow, the band would record four more studio albums and receive numerous awards, among them, two Grammys.

During this era, Sonefeld’s lines of truth became blurred and his addictions began to take over his life as he relied heavily on drugs and alcohol to cope with the emptiness growing inside of him. He struggled to find peace and to hold his personal life together while surviving as a progressively sick alcoholic living life on the road. Friends and family members tried interventions to no avail.  In 2004 Sonefeld finally accepted that he was powerless over drugs and alcohol and that his life had become entirely unmanageable. In sobriety Sonefeld discovered there were parts of his life that had incurred damages beyond repair, but that God would heal him if he turned his life over to His care.