2016 Distinguished Alumni: Jim Stump
Jim Stump was raised in Alaska as the second of seven children of missionary parents. He graduated from Kings in 1962 where he played three sports, was class president twice and student body president his senior year. He then graduated from Wheaton College where he played four sports, was a class officer and student body officer. Upon graduation he joined the staff of Athletes in Action, a newly formed division of Campus Crusade for Christ, and served two years as their European Director. It was then that Jim realized the greatest impact he could have for spreading the teachings and principles of Jesus was to invest his life into the lives of athletes who have a natural platform from which they can speak.
In the fall of 1970 Jim was assigned to the Stanford University campus where he has served for the past 45 years. After four years as the campus director, Jim left AIA and founded Sports Challenge to follow his passion and focus of one-on-one mentoring and counseling of student-athletes. Over those years he has consistently met with 30-35 athletes for an hour each week one-on-one on an ongoing basis, helping them find a personal relationship with Jesus and mentoring them spiritually through life at Stanford.
Jim is in his sixth decade of sports ministry, and recently moved to the Dallas, Texas area to be near his 9 plus grandchildren. This new chapter of ministry will focus on mentoring the next generation of sports ministers.
Jim is the published author of The Power of One-on-One: Discovering the Joy and Satisfaction of Mentoring Others.
He has been married to Linda for 39 years, and they have three children who are all walking out their faith in Jesus.