C Kathy Ston
By Ken Catoe
ucing J. St
Introd As he assumes the responsibilities of President
and General Director of BIMI, Dr. David
Snyder vacates the post of Far North Director.
This position will be ably filled by veteran Far
North missionary J. Steve Stone. Brother Stone,
a graduate of Tabernacle Baptist Bible College,
has served with BIMI since 1981. He and
his wife, Kathy, are well acquainted with the
hardships, disappointments and victories that
are a part of missionary life in the fields BIMI
designates as the Far North. This experience will
serve them well as they labor to recruit, train
and encourage church planting missionaries in
Canada, Alaska and Greenland.
The Stones successfully planted a church
in Plympton, Nova Scotia. Calvary Baptist
Church was originally turned over to Canadian
leadership in 1994. Eight hard years of
ministry in the mining town of Labrador City,
Newfoundland, led to the organization of
Northern Light Baptist Church. The Stones left
this church in Canadian leadership in 2003. The
young church was devastated by the transfer of
workers to other areas and did not survive when
its leadership was transferred out of country.
Calvary Baptist Church had suffered due to
false doctrine and a divisive spirit. Steve and
Kathy returned to Nova Scotia in September of
2003 to help this church get back on its feet. The
church has steadily grown. A new auditorium
has been built and the church is completely
debt free. It is anticipated that a full time pastor
will be called in the near future. The Stones will
remain in Nova Scotia until this time.
Brother Stone has the following vision:
- To see men in the Far North surrender to
preach the Gospel.
- To see these men trained to assume the
leadership in churches started by church
planters. - To see established churches help start new
churches. - To see the team concept of missions put
into practice where feasible.
- To see church planters, who will sacrifice
and serve faithfully, called to Alaska,
Canada and Greenland.
- To work closely with new church plants
and help place national pastoral leadership
in these churches.
- To preach missions conferences and
promote faith promise giving.
He states that Dr. Snyder has done a great
job as Far North Director. His plan is to
follow in that proven path of leadership.
The Stones have three grown children who
now reside in South Carolina. The Lord
has blessed them with four grandchildren.
Steve and Kathy plan to relocate to
Please pray for the Stones as they work
through the details involved in this