All of the individuals below are committed to helping fulfill the Standing Stone mission to Shepherd the Shepherds. Each one believes that God will supply their financial needs enabling them to accomplish this task. Please select the donate button under the individual that you would like to financially support.
James and his wife Jean both grew up in South Korea as missionary kids. They are high school sweethearts. They have travelled the world together. Korea, Japan, Germany and the USA are places they have called home. Jim and Jean’s theme verse is Psalm 139:16b – “all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.” HSB. Different places, different jobs, different life experiences, and even in the midst of tragedy, God has always proven He’s got it, knows the plan, and in the end is going to be glorified.
James and Jean have 3 wonderful children who were homeschooled. James and Jean served in both local and state leadership positions. They love the Chicago Cubs and going to Wrigley Field to see them play. And yes, they cheered wildly when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
James has served in the Air Force, sold cars, worked in warehousing, been a business consultant, a substitute teacher, owned several businesses (the favorite being a golf course), and served in numerous ministry positions. He has taught Sunday School, served as Youth Director, served as Family Ministries Director, Worship/Choir Director, and Pastor. In all of this, God has proven He knew what was going to happen and was leading the way. Retrospect is sometimes required to see God’s hands at work and to realize you weren’t “just flapping in the wind.”
Lots of jobs. Lots of experiences. Been there, done that. Have lots of t-shirts. Joy overflowing. Crushing heartache. “ ...So that we may be able to comfort...” 2 Cor. 1:2-6. James now believes God would have him come alongside others, helping them to realize God has all of their days, they are not alone, and that God WILL see them through.
Dick and Carol Worthington have retired from local church pastoring after thirty years, five as a youth pastor, and twenty five as a senior pastor serving in Hawaii and Southern California. Dick recevied his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Pacific Christian College, (now Hope International Universtiy).
Dick and Carol have started their own home-ministry to international missionary families called “Selah Haus,” which invites missionaries and their families from all over the world to come for a free week of fun, rest and restoration.
They have been married for 42 years, and have a passion for godly marriages, they are Certified Marriage Counselors and Coaches through Prepare/Enrich and Family Dynamics. Their home has been a successful haven for families, offering biblical guidance, love, service, coaching and mentoring.
They have raised three daughters, each married and all serving the Lord in different capacities, their oldest daughter is a missionary with her husband in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dick and Carol have eight grandchildren.
Dick and Carol understand what pastoring a church is like, Dick was asked to explain what pastoring a church was like, he anwered “It’s like having a job hand feeding squirrels, they are delightful, but hard to draw close to you, you can’t make any harsh moves or sounds or they will scatter, you have to carefully hold out your hands with the food of life, and every once in awhile they bite, but the pain is worth the pleasure of being close to them and serving them.”
Pastors and their wives can take marriage and ministry pitfalls too much to heart and lose the balance of marriage, family and the fun of life. Life tools, coupled with a sense of humor is critical for maintaing those balances. “Humor is an ointment for lifes rashes.”
Dick and Carol love sports, fun, laughter, people, traveling and serving God’s Kingdom by using the gifts He has uniquely given to them.