StentzelsBio

Cathy and Jim Stentzel

Cathy and Jim Stentzel

Where we’ve been. For decades we’ve been involved in many and varied forms of ministry:  missionaries in Japan, co-pastors of United Church of Christ congregations in Ohio, chaplains (Hospice and hospitals), hospitality ministry at a Pennsylvania retreat center, preaching, and writing.  For decades we’ve been activists and advocates — for example, Cathy at the Children’s Defense Fund, Jim as foreign correspondent covering political struggles in South Korea in the 1970s.  We’ve lived in some amazing (and some challenging) places:  New York City (twice); Nashville; Tokyo; Washington, DC; Pennsylvania (Stroudsburg); Ohio (Piqua and North Olmsted); and now Key West, since 2006.

What we’re up to currently. We deliver hot meals to home-bound seniors and to homeless persons. We’ve been on boards of the local ACLU chapter and of Friends of the Library, and serve as preachers and liturgists at the Key West Metropolitan Community Church (a wonderful congregation –half LGBTQ, half “straight”). Jim throughly enjoys his weekly “Men’s Lunch Group.” Cathy goes to yoga, a weekly Buddhist sangha, and AA. We both love movies, travels, and adventure. In fact, our motto throughout 52 years of marriage has been The Adventure Continues.

Why Shepherd Village. Because we have friends whom we’ve known and loved for decades who are Pioneers. Because we look forward to being two hours from our children and grandchildren (in Harrisburg) rather than 14 hours away (by car from Key West). Because we’re excited about co-housing and the community that’s a’building. And because Shepherdstown appeals to us.

We look forward to the adventure with each of you.