Bill and Rosie Stoner are one of our “retired” missionary couples. Bill grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the Baptist Bible College located then in Johnson City, New York. His seminary training brought him to Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, then in Wealthy Street Baptist Church where Rosie was a member. She was a nurse at Butterworth Hospital. They were married September 8, 1951. While attending seminary Bill was music director at Maplelawn.
They began their missionary service in Chile where they served eight years. They then worked in Spain as church planters for 22 years. Upon their turn to Grand Rapids they opened a home for newly released parolees who wished to be discipled. They then answered the call to be hosts for a year at the missionary guest home in Budapest, Hungary in 1996. After that Bill served as leader in Maplelawn’s Hispanic Ministry and as an interpreter for Mary Free Bed Hospital. Rosie served as an aide at Potter’s House Christian School and conducts one-on-one Bible studies.
The Stoners have five grown children and sixteen grandchildren.
David is missionary director at Mars Hill.
Timothy is a lawyer.
Philip is with Nelson Publishing, Reference Book Division.
Jonathan is a construction supervisor.
Sharon is mother and interpreter at Mary Free Bed Hospital and Spanish Teacher.
Bill went to be with his Lord and Savior in November of 2018. Rosie continues to reside in the Grand Rapids area.