Tribute to Lowell Stutzman

A Tribute to Lowell Stutzman, 1951-2016

by Randy Friesen

My dear friend and former MB Mission board member, Lowell Stutzman, died in his sleep this past week of a heart attack (probably caused by a blood clot). Lowell was a shepherd who loved people all over the world because Jesus, the Great Shepherd, was loving through him. Lowell was a business owner, pastor, basketball coach, mission volunteer and spiritual father to many. A number of years ago, I invited Lowell to join me on a trip to China and Mongolia and we discovered we both loved to pray. Lowell’s love for people and prayer changed how he led his business, the church and every mission involvement.

Our teams in Thailand knew him as “Coach” because Lowell was involved in all the basketball mission teams coming from Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University who served in Asia. Our churches in Peru knew him as a father who loved and supported many young leaders with big dreams. Our staff knew Lowell as a board member who cried when he shared about his love for Jesus and his stories of global mission. His family knew Lowell as a generous and loving father and husband who invited many to join the family of God.

He left us on Easter week with the hope of the resurrection. “I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10). Lowell lived that verse, and so can we.

In 2013, we featured an article on Lowell called “Profile of a Global Soul” in our Witness magazine. To read it, please click here.