Steve Stiglich is the 2022 recipient of the Darty and Dot Stowe Award, which was presented to him on November 13 at First Baptist Church of Fairborn (FBC).
Each year, the award is given to a pastor or minister who has served faithfully, never recognized like those in the larger, more visible churches but leaving a legacy and serving in the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 2:3-12. Annual gifts to Georgetown College from the Stowe family provide the Darty and Dot Stowe Award.
Steve Stiglich retired to begin vocational ministry after a distinguished twenty-three-year career in the Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
He served for twenty years at FBC Fairborn as Minister of Administration, Office Manager, as well as Youth and Singles. He still serves there as a deacon. Steve organized and established the Reality House, sharing the gospel with thousands of students every year, resulting in many coming to follow Jesus.
Steve was Associational Missionary in the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists from 2012-2019. He served SCBO as Super Summer Dean, Youth Camp Director, and Youth Evangelism Celebration Encourager Coordinator. Most recently, he served as Missions Mobilizer for the Send Network Serve Tour Dayton and is on the SCBO Mission Council.
“The irony of an award like this is that Steve would not consider himself worthy. This is exactly why I cannot think of a more deserving person for the Darty and Dot Stowe award. Steve has diligently served me, his home church, First Baptist Church Fairborn, and his family, in many roles for many decades. He is my friend, counselor, and Deacon of Deacons in our church. When I think of Steve, the word “humble” comes to mind. Well done, brother! And well deserved!” — Pastor Matt Williams, FBC Fairborn
Candidates for the Stowe Award must be currently serving in Ohio and have at least five years of service. Nominations are submitted to the state convention staff by October 1 each year. The award is announced during the annual meeting of the SCBO with a recognition plaque and a financial award intended for purchasing books and/or continuing education presented to the recipient.