Women Connecting with God, with One Another & with Their Communities
Our mission is based on the promise in II Chronicles 7:14.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chron. 7:14
Thousands of people around the world have been praying for Stonecroft Ministries, which has resulted in over 1,000 chapters of Connection groups in over 40 countries. Prayer is the power line of the ministry.
More About Christian Women's Connection
The mission of Stonecroft Ministries is to equip and encourage women to impact their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The vision of Stonecroft Ministries is to provide global leadership in reaching women for Jesus Christ.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe in…
- The supernatural and plenary (total, full, complete) inspiration of the Scriptures — that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final;
- The Trinity of the Godhead — God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit;
- The personality of God; the personality and deity of Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ and God are one; Jesus Christ is God incarnate in the flesh), begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very Man; the personality of the Holy Spirit;
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ — that His body was raised from the dead, according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God as the believer’s Advocate;
- The sinfulness of man — that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin;
- The atonement — that Jesus Christ became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of the whole world;
- The necessity of the new birth — salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works. Saving faith will maintain good works in the life of the believer;
- The literal resurrection of the body — both of the just and the unjust;
the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost;
- The evangelization of the world. The supreme mission of God’s people in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature;
- The second coming of Christ, according to the Scriptures.
Meet Mrs. Baugh
In 1946, a very special friendship began. While attending conferences in Keswick, New Jersey, Mrs. Baugh met a dynamic young woman from Maine Miss Mary Clark. As the two became better acquainted, they discovered a mutual desire to reach people for Jesus Christ and a concern for those living in rural areas. Mrs. Baugh was greatly convinced that Miss Clark, a former New York businesswoman, was the person of God’s choice to become her associate; however, Miss Clark was not so sure! She was actively involved in missionary work in Maine and felt that was her place of service. God graciously guided Miss Clark and showed her in an unmistakable way that He had new work for her to do. In April 1948, she joined Mrs. Baugh as a partner in this ministry.
With Miss Clark’s arrival, more exciting things began to happen. Three young couples, who were friends of hers, had heard about the work in rural America and wanted to become involved as missionaries to the villages. After much prayer and consideration, Mrs. Baugh’s brother, the Reverend Walter Duff, was asked to accept the responsibility of directing an organization to send out missionary couples. In 1948, Village Missions was established with Mr. Duff as National Chairman.
Then God brought into existence a new avenue of ministry-Christian Women’s Clubs. The format, project, and committee are the same as the Councils, but meetings are held in the daytime when it is easier for homemakers to attend. In 1949, the first Christian Women’s Clubs were started in Hartford, Connecticut, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
After visiting in many homes across our continent, the need for good Christian reading material became apparent. The Stonecroft Book and Supply Center (now known as the Stonecroft Book & Media Ministries) was incorporated in 1958 to help meet this need.
A meeting on a train with a stranger who wanted to know about God and the thought of thousands of people who do not know Christ prompted Mrs. Baugh to prepare the first Stonecroft Life Publications booklet. These little booklets, with their attractive photographs and clear gospel message, have shared the answer to life with literally millions of people around the world. Life Eternally Yours, published in 1962, was the first Stonecroft Life Publication.
As couples began to express an interest in a ministry together, it became clear that the basic fonnat used by the groups could also be effective in a ministry for couples. In 1964, the first Business and Professional Couples’ Club (now known as Stonecroft Couples’ Club) was started.
In 1966, CWC and CBPW went international! Toronto, Ontario was the home of the first Canadian group. In 1968, Willow River, British Columbia became the home of the first Canadian Village Missions church.
As the CWC’s and CBPW’s multiplied, the need for another avenue of ministry became apparent-one which would help women and men know God’s Word and apply it to their everyday lives. Various Bible study materials were examined, but none met the specific needs of this unique ministry. One of our own National Missionary Representatives, Lucille Sollenberger, a former professor of educational methods at Stanford and one who had a great love for God’s Word, seemed especially qualified to undertake the task of preparing Bible study materials. In 1968, Mark was published, beginning the Friendship Bible Coffee ministry.
In 1973, Genevieve Aiiege joined the Stonecroft staff and became our first European Representative. She has helped establish Christian Women’s Clubs and Friendship Bible Coffees in 13 European countries.
The newest avenue of Stonecroft Ministries came into being in 1981 with the opening of the Stonecroft Conference Center. Located in the beautiful Ozark mountains of southern Missouri, the Conference Center has provided “a vacation with a purpose” for hundreds of families and singles. Weekly conferences are held during the spring, summer, and fall, as well as seminars and retreats during the rest of the year.
Though many changes have occurred in Stonecroft Ministries throughout the years, one thing remains constant-prayer. Each avenue of ministry began in prayer and has continued through the years because of the faithful prayers of God’s people. What praise and thanksgiving fill our hearts when we consider all God has done! Truly, as the poet said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”
Our earnest desire and constant prayer is that Stonecroft Ministries will always lift up the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that many people will come to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior because of this ministry.
Mrs. Helen D. Baugh, homemaker in San Jose, California, initiated an extensive prayer ministry focused on the spiritual needs of America. From this foundation, Stonecroft Ministries was born.
The Christian Business Women’s Council of America (later known as Christian Business & Professional Women) was established by Mrs. Baugh in San Jose as a dinner program that provided an opportunity to present the Gospel to career women. The group adopted a project of Youth Home Missions to send and support young women as itinerant missionaries to rural America. Youth Home Missions later became Rural Missions.
Miss Mary E. Clark, former businesswoman and missionary in Maine, was called by God to join Mrs. Baugh to assist in leading the rapidly growing organization.
Village Missions was established in response to the need for more permanent leadership in rural churches. Rev. Walter Duff, brother of Mrs. Baugh, became the National Director and served until 1991. Although Village Missions is a separate corporation and operates independently under its own board of directors, it has been supported financially and through prayer by Stonecroft Ministries since it began.
Christian Women’s Clubs were introduced as an outreach to homemakers. The first groups were established in Hartford, Connecticut, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Kansas City, Missouri, became the location of the national headquarters when property known as Stonecroft was purchased.
The Stonecroft Book and Supply Center (now known as Stonecroft Resource Center) was incorporated as a distributor of carefully selected Christian books for all ages.
The first Business and Professional Couples’ Club (now known as Stonecroft Couples) was established in St. Louis, Missouri.
The first Stonecroft outreach groups outside the United States were begun in Canada and South Korea.
After 5s, evening outreach groups for women, were introduced.
Stonecroft Bible Studies, written by Lucille F. Sollenberger, were introduced as an outreach program of small group Bible studies.
Christian Business & Professional Women introduced a condensed one-hour luncheon format as an outreach to women in the marketplace.
On February 7, 1996, Mrs. Helen Duff Baugh, founder of Stonecroft Ministries, went home to be with the Lord.
Miss Joyce Courtney was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stonecroft Ministries.
On March 9, 2002, Miss Mary E. Clark, first National Chairman of Christian Women’s Clubs of America, went home to be with the Lord.
Geneva Vollrath was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stonecroft Ministries following Joyce Courtney’s retirement.
The headquarters moved to Overland Park, Kansas.
Other Stonecroft Ministries
- Christian Business & Professional Women
- After 5’s
- Stonecroft Couple’s Connection
- Friendship Bible Coffees
- Stonecroft Bible Correspondence Courses
- Meditation Moments (Prayer Ministry)
- Stonecroft Book & Media Ministries
- Stonecroft Life Publications
- Progress Magazine
- Stonecroft Audio-Video Ministry
Stonecroft Conference Center