My name is Monty Stump. Darke County has been my home all my life. Full-time grain farming and part-time crop insurance adjuster for Great American Insurance are my occupations. I graduated from Ansonia High School in 1973 and from Ohio Northern University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Krista and I were married in January of 1978. We had a son, Cory, in January 1979. He is single and a travel counselor with the Miami Valley AAA in Centerville. We had a daughter, Katie, exactly two years later. She is married to Andy Dwenger and they have two children, Paxton, who is almost three, and Hallie, who just turned one. Katie is a half-day kindergarten teacher for the Vandalia Butler school system. Andy is a mechanical engineer currently doing aerospace research.
I came to know Christ as my personal Savior in December 1978 a month before Cory was born. Krista and I had been invited to Chicago to a week-long Bill Gothard Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts Seminar by her cousin who had married us and also worked for Bill Gothard. It was during that week that the Holy Spirit opened my eyes, ears and heart to God’s Truth as contained in Scripture, that I was a sinner in need of a Savior, and I invited Him into my heart.
Krista and I first worshiped for eighteen years at the Methodist church where she grew up. At the time our children were in Jr. High and Senior High school, we felt the need for them to be with kids in the church that they went to school with so we started attending a Church of the Brethren church closer to home and within our school district. We attended and served there for about eight years before we felt led by God to attend elsewhere. After visiting a couple of churches, we felt God wanted us at Greenville Grace and began faithfully attending here in July 2004. We look back and see over the years how God grew us in our faith at each church but are very thankful for the teaching and shepherding that we receive at Grace. Before Grace, we had never been to a church that faithfully proclaimed the Gospel week after week.
Krista and I served for about eight years as volunteer youth workers at the church previous to Grace. After serving for a couple of years at Grace with the Jr. High/Senior High youth program, I felt it becoming more difficult to connect with the youth because of me getting older. I stilled loved the kids as much as ever, but could tell I wasn’t keeping up with their culture or with them physically. That’s when I felt that God was leading me to become an elder and to serve in that capacity. It has been a privilege and honor to get to shepherd and serve with the godly men on our elder team these past three years.