Bio – Jeanie Stirling
Ministry Essentials Staff
Jeanie has served in missions for most of her adult life. After her late husband, Al, finished seminary, they moved to Baumholder, West Germany where they opened a Hospitality House for the American military community stationed there. They built a home specifically suited to the open home ministry style and served there for eleven years.
A move to Denver and the home office of Cadence International followed their time in Baumholder. Al served as the HR director while Jeanie continued with a ministry of hospitality and participated in new member training. They were asked to begin a Sunday School class by their local church where all ages, singles, and marrieds could join together in what became a dynamic community featured in Larry Crabb’s book Connecting. Living in Denver presented Jeanie with the opportunity to attend Colorado Christian University where she earned her master’s degree in biblical counseling.
The Stirlings overlapped with the Shepherds while in Denver and were part of the Shepherd’s initial thinking about the beginning of Ministry Essentials. Both Jeanie and Al served on the first Ministry Essentials board.
In 2003 they moved overseas—this time to Budapest, Hungary where their home again served as a place of respite and encouragement for the global workers coming to meet with them from the local community and the surrounding region. Providing fun times for global workers was also a focus as they hosted several annual events (a big 4th of July celebration being one) and continued to invite people into their home for dinners, game nights, life celebrations. They officially joined Ministry Essentials in 2007.
After Al was diagnosed with cancer that was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange as a marine in Vietnam, they decided to leave Budapest in 2014 to live closer to their daughter in southern California. The cancer progressed more quickly than anticipated and Al died in January of 2015.
Since moving to southern California, Jeanie has acquired a son-in-law and two granddaughters who fill her life with activity and joy. Both her daughter, Meagan, and son-in-law, Tim, are Associate Professors at Westmont College in nearby Santa Barbara.
Jeanie has continued to serve her local community with a Gals Without Guys dinner group as well as offering Skype and Zoom counseling to workers around the world. She works on special projects for Ministry Essentials and leads one of the in-house small groups to ensure our own people are doing well.
September 2021 marks the beginning of a new ministry. Having walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain by herself as a new widow, she understands the significance of providing trips for women who wouldn’t necessarily go on their own. Step by Step in Switzerland will be the first of many Step by Step adventure trips that will provide encouragement for women wanting to live vibrant lives that reflect the hope of Christ in them.