Stu and Ruth Ann Batstone became part of Serge in 1990 after many years of managing a company of Christian bookstores that they had founded. Stu joined Serge as a discipler at about the same time that Ruth Ann became a therapist at a nearby Christian counseling center.
Since then Stu has been mentoring church planters, pastors, missionaries, and leaders as well as their spouses through the Sonship curriculum. For many years he was the discipling team leader, but he has now become the Gospel Discipling Specialist for Serge’s new Discipler Training program, which he teaches through distance learning in cohort groups via online video. Stu has an M.A. and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Ruth Ann continues to be a counselor in private practice and is the author of Moving On: Beyond Forgive and Forget. She is also a staff member of Parakaleo, a ministry to the wives of church planters both in the U.S. and internationally. Ruth Ann has an M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
Stu and Ruth Ann frequently teach seminars for Serge on Cultivating a Gospel-Centered Marriage, Cultivating Gospel Transformation of the Heart, and Cultivating Gospel Centered Parenting. They enjoy leading retreats on the topics of repentance and forgiveness. They have spoken at many conferences overseas in Africa, Europe, Russia, Japan, India, Costa Rica, China and South America as well as in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Married since 1965, they have four married children and twelve amazing grandchildren with whom they love to spend time. They try to bike ride daily and they enjoy opportunities to travel, snorkel and vacation on Cape Cod.