Who We Serve

Since 1918, GuideStone® has been on a Mission to provide Dignity to retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows. We serve about 1,900 households each year by providing needed financial assistance to help pay for housing, food and medical costs. Because of this help, these servants of the Lord continue to live with dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving.

2021-01-26 Article: Riches of the Gospel, Coy and Jean Brown's Story
Article • 1/26/2021
Coy and Jean Brown’s Story: Riches of the Gospel
“I didn’t have a megachurch, but I had a mega heart.”
For 40 years, Coy Brown was the pastor of Greater New Hope Baptist Church in the small, inner-city Oak Cliff community of Dallas with his wife, Jean, by his side.
Picture of two men. Left; Dr. Aaron Meraz, Director, Mission:Dignity. Right; Mission:Dignity Recipient, Marcos Urbina
Article • 7/29/2021
Marcos Urbina's Story: A Reluctant Call; A Resounding Response
When he moved to the states, he found himself a secure job building aircrafts. Soon, Marcos found himself volunteering in a music ministry. One Sunday morning, through a guest speaker’s message, Marcos knew immediately that the Lord was calling him to preach.
Picture of Mission:Dignity Recipient, Joan Wooley
Article • 7/29/2021
Joan Woolley's Story: Mission:Dignity® Serves More than Pastors
As a country pastor’s daughter, Joan Woolley has always had a heart for the rural church. Knowing her father’s example of faith in Joan’s childhood, it is no surprise that she soon found herself back serving in a rural church.
Picture of Mission:Dignity Recipient, Ann Perry
Article • 7/27/2021
Ann Perry's Story: Sharing the Gospel at Every Intersection
Ann Perry didn’t expect to go into ministry halfway through her life. At forty, she lost her dear husband in a tragic accident, and after a time of great sorrow and mourning, she submitted her life to ministry. The Lord soon led her to volunteer with the Mount Zion Baptist Association of North Carolina (MZBA).
2021-06-28 Article: Advancing the Kingdom Above All, Lupe Rando's Story
Article • 6/28/2021
Lupe Rando's Story: Advancing the Kingdom Above All
The Randos were in the ministry to solely advance the Kingdom of God and never expected a salary. Small church pastoring can be difficult even in the best of times, and they did not receive the same compensation as pastors of large churches.
2021-06-28 Article: One of the Greatest Gifts, Mae Smith's Story
Article • 6/28/2021
Mae Smith's Story: One of the Greatest Gifts
Everyday life was a struggle for Mae Smith before she received her hearing aids. Given her financial scenario, she never thought she could afford to fix her hearing, but like many former SBC ministers and their widows, Mae Smith had yet to learn about Mission:Dignity.
2021-01-26 Article: A Common Thread, Doris Jackson's Story
Article • 1/26/2021
Doris Jackson’s Story: A Common Thread
Cancer took away her husband, putting Doris Jackson in a financial bind. “But God’s loving heart and tender hands led Mission:Dignity® my way.”
2021-20-21-Asking-for-Help-Ken-and-Marilene-Moon
Article • 12/20/2021
The Moons' Story: Asking for Help
Ken and Marilene Moon met and married young but knew the Lord’s plan for their lives early on in their relationship.
2021-06-21 Article: The Lord Had Other Plans, Louise Scoggins Story
Article • 12/20/2021
Jeanetta Watson's Story: A Life of Service Not Forgotten
Jeanetta Watson served with her husband, Wendell, in Oklahoma and Texas for 45 years. Wendell, a bivocational pastor, always pastored small churches that could not pay a full-time minister.

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